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Old 12-30-05, 12:41 AM   #1
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Handlebar width?

When fitting up a new set of bars, how do you figure out how much to take off the ends for proper width? If it was for a female about 5'3", about how wide should they be?
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Old 12-30-05, 01:19 AM   #2
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When fitting up a new set of bars, how do you figure out how much to take off the ends for proper width? If it was for a female about 5'3", about how wide should they be?
i am not much taller and i left mine as is...i think around 675mm

don't feel like you necessarily NEED to cut a bar just because you can...i like mine the way they are
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Gee sorry, i really dont know
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ride it the way is is stock, then if too wide, cut off 1/2" off each side. then ride again. repeat process until you get it where you like it. be careful trimming, obviously. ride it for a while before you cut. you can't put it back on.....

me? i like them nice and wide. 27" on both my hardtail and fully.
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I would leave them as wide as possible and only cut them if

1. She feels the steering is too slow

2. She keeps hitting trees when she is riding on trails
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Like the others said, there isn't a proper width. It all depends on the rider and their riding style. So if/when you are cutting, do less than you think. Even small cuts off of each end will make more of a difference than you'd think. So make small cuts and creep up on it like scrublover suggested. But like unsuspended said, let her ride it first and see if she likes it as is. With a good tube cutter, it's quick and simple to cut the bars while on the bike if she finds she does want it narrower.
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haha, I have 620 mm...about 24 inches...It feels short...
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stick your arms straight out to grab the bars...leave about 1" on each end. It has to do with the width of your shoulders
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sometimes its best to adapt to the bike...you don't want to be making too funky of a set-up at some extreme
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sometimes its best to adapt to the bike...you don't want to be making too funky of a set-up at some extreme - I haven't felt the way I feel today
In so long it's hard for me to specify.
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Don't be so fast to cut. Just move the levers/****ers/grips in a half-inch or so at a time and let her see what feels like the proper width. Once she's sure about it, put tape around the bar where the grips (or bar ends) end, and start choppin'.
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