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    riser bars for urban riding

    I have a some cheap Nashbar risers on my fixed conversion, and they're just too wide--the proportions don't look right, and they stick out too much for riding in traffic and such. Anyone out there tell me what all the hipster riders are using as far as narrow risers, and where to get them? Are they kid-sized risers? Is there such a thing?

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    Hack-saw
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    I chopped 3.5 " off each side of my risers. Just enough to slide some Oury's on. And I'm not even a hipster!
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    alright, cool. I was just worried that the low part would look funky being disproportionately wider. Will get sawing, hipsters .

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    saw em

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    Don't saw 'em so much you don't have enough leverage to turn. That's just sad.

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    Thanks for the warning.

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    measure some other bars you are comfortable with.
    pipe cutter is pretty easy too.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manboy
    Don't saw 'em so much you don't have enough leverage to turn. That's just sad.
    do you really need leverage to turn? I ride with drops so not much of an issue with that but you should be turning with your weight not your handlebars.

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    My risers are 16 inches.
    See 2,785 in my signature.

    I guess I should add that I've since swapped out those risers for a set of 36cm B123s. I found risers too upright and passive.
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    although I don't rock risers, my road drops are 37cm center to center at the ends...the size really works for me squeezing in between cars, but not too small that I don't have leverage (I'm 6'2"...long arms)

    I don't know anything about hipsters tho

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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoenyc57
    pipe cutter is pretty easy too.
    + a lot

    you can get a cheap pipe cutter for about 5 bucks and it makes a WAY cleaner (and straighter) cut than most folks can get with a hacksaw.

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    they took some getting used to, but i never had problems turning with these...


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    brunning did you have to shim those bars to fit the quill?
    stylie set up...

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    hehe those are just little guys

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    I guess you need it more for acceleration than for turning. That and trackstanding.

    Actually, if you're doing sharp turns, the best way is putting pressure on the inner bar. Go physics!

    Those bitty bars are ridiculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Surferbruce
    brunning did you have to shim those bars to fit the quill?
    stylie set up...
    yeah. there was a beer can shim in there.

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    I've seen a few people riding around with chopped bars that barley allow the whole hand to fit on either side. It looks like an accident waiting to happen.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roscoenyc57
    measure some other bars you are comfortable with.
    pipe cutter is pretty easy too.
    Do you run risers on your Fuji?

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    I'm not looking for anything ridiculously short. Related query: anyone know if cork grips like these

    http://www.sheldonbrown.com/harris/h...ars.html#grips

    will bend to conform to the bars's curves if the bars are cut short, or would they crack?

    PS Thanks for the pipe cutter tip.

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    I feel like cork would crack.
    Better off with some generic mountain bike/bmx grips.
    Or Ourys.
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    just a question, why is there no happy medium in the choice of bars around here. The popular styles are super drop stems with drop bars, or positive rise stems with riser mountain bars. Polar opposites.
    I rarely see flat or +_5 degree stems with flatbars on fixed bikes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by manboy
    I guess you need it more for acceleration than for turning. That and trackstanding.

    Actually, if you're doing sharp turns, the best way is putting pressure on the inner bar. Go physics!

    Those bitty bars are ridiculous.
    ya, the only times I ever really put force on my bars is when I'm accelerating, sprinting, or climbing a hill out of the saddle. The leverage on the bars is necessary to keep my bike going straight (and not falling over to the side) since I've got the standard biker setup (weak arms and monstrously massive legs.)

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    Risers are weak. Get some $7 flat bars and cut them to 20" or less. Bonus points if you can find a bar with a defunct bike company logo on them - GT, Kooka, Nishiki, etc.
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    Quote Originally Posted by AfterThisNap
    just a question, why is there no happy medium in the choice of bars around here. The popular styles are super drop stems with drop bars, or positive rise stems with riser mountain bars. Polar opposites.
    I rarely see flat or +_5 degree stems with flatbars on fixed bikes.
    Fashion is a *****, ain't it?

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