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Old 01-14-22, 02:47 PM
Join Date: Mar 2006
Location: Orcas Washington and currently Circumnavigating in a Farrier F36 Trimaran
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Bikes: 1968 Rene Herse Gentleman's Bike; 1974/5 Jim Merz Custom-built; 1984 Rodriquez tandem; 2012 Bilenky Tandem; 1983 Windsor semi-pro 67cm; 1984 Specialized Exp. 68cm; 1971 Holdsworth 63cm(my first bike ever and owned since new!); 1994 Bridgestone MB5

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Originally Posted by romperrr View Post

I've also read that drilling aluminum bars is a big no-no, perhaps I'm off here. Any concerns on your end?

Here's to many more miles!

Oh-yea... I was concerned given my size!
I have an older friend named Clay that was a machinist and has the most acutely perceptive mechanical mind I've encountered and he put his 'magic' blessing on going ahead and drilling the new bars (besides Herse did this too - though I have no idea of the old bars strength). The holes are carefully chamfered to avoid a stress riser. These bars have at least a thousand miles on them now both commuting and several Brevets.
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