Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: The Garden State
Bikes: Downtube Mini '08
DT Mini: Fitting a handlebar directly on the handlepost, ditching the extension tube?
First of all, I am small... really small.
Even when my saddle is way up until my toes barely touch the ground while I'm seated, the handlebar at its lowest is about 2-3 inches higher than the saddle.
And lately I've noticed that the quick release that tighten the handlebar extension tube to the handle post tends to give away very slightly if the handlebar is all the way down; so the handle tends to rotate very slightly to the right (my dominant hand) after some riding, and that puts some strain on my right shoulder. I have to keep re-aligning the handle and re-adjusting the handlepost QR during riding.
Now, that doesn't happen if the handlebar is extended up a little bit; maybe that's what the QR was designed for in the first place. But I don't need the extra inches, when it's already high enough without the extension. Hence my question...
On the 2008 Downtube Mini, could I remove the extension tube/handlebar assembly altogether, and fit a stem & handlebar directly on the handlepost? If then, what kinds of parts would I need? Would a normal threadless stem work, and what parts would I need to seal up the top of the post?
I also thought of chopping off a few inches from the handlepost itself, but that doesn't sound safe... and I don't have any power tools either (not even a hacksaw
Well right now the likely solution is either ditching the extension tube or leaving the extension up a little bit. My right shoulder has been quite hurting in the last few days and it really bothers me. Thanks for your help in advance!