A friend of mine has a '90s (I think) low-end Claude Butler hybrid which he's been using to get around for a few months. I've checked it over mechanically, and everything seems fine, but he now wants to fit it with a headlight. The problem with this is that it has a large cross-brace clamped to the handlebars which gets in the way of any sensible mounting of the light. As I was offering to help fit the light, I figured I'd ask here: Can I remove the cross-brace without compromising the strength of the handlebars? They're aluminium with less than an inch of rise. Judging by the knobby tyres it came with, the bike was also designed for off-roading, so is the brace just to add strength for that, or is it necessary for road riding?
Thanks in advance.