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Old 04-14-15, 07:03 PM
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Handle Bar Creak - help, please.

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Last winter I swapped out flat bars for rando bars on my RockHopper - Origin8 Gary Bars, 25.4mm clamp diameter.
The stem is a Nashbar riser stem: Nashbar ATB Comfort Quill Stem (also 25.4mm clamp)

After about a dozen or so rides this spring it started creaking - almost kind of popping. Making me nervous enough to take photos and type all this.

Can any of y'all take a look at my set up and let me know:
- how to fix it
- if the Gary bars are ruined (there a pretty good score next to the "Gary")
- if I've really got nothing to worry about (I had a set of bar break while I was trail riding once - they were a light weight, 15 year old, aluminium bars)

All help is appreciated, before I go embarrass my self at my LBS. Again.
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Old 04-14-15, 07:53 PM
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Looks like there was some movement. You might want to cut a shim from an aluminum can and put it in to tighten the fit.
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Sorry to say, but you definitely need to scrap those bars and get new ones. According to the pics there is a pretty notable scratch around the front part of the bar. That causes a substantial stress riser point in the metal...something you certainly don't want to risk with handlebars! It's hard to tell with the lighting in the pics, but it appears that the face plate of your stem isn't hugging the front curve of your bar properly. I'm wondering if your stem is actually a road bike stem which would be for 26.0 bars rather than a 25.4 which is what your handlebar is.
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Something about that stem seems odd and suspect. The faceplate looks wrong. I wouldn't put another handlebar in that stem if it were me. I'd also recommend purchasing a stem that's a little higher end. Say like around $30 or more.
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust
It's hard to tell with the lighting in the pics, but it appears that the face plate of your stem isn't hugging the front curve of your bar properly. I'm wondering if your stem is actually a road bike stem which would be for 26.0 bars rather than a 25.4 which is what your handlebar is.
I'll go back and measure the flat bars I've had in that stem. See what the clock in at.
The link "says" 25.4mm clamp.... but I get what you mean. I tried to get a nice side view, but with black on black, it's tough to tell.

If I had been going down hill when I broke a set of flat bars a couple of year ago, it would have been ugly. I was creeping up a short climb, so it was just a walk out of the woods....
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Originally Posted by Wolf Dust
Something about that stem seems odd and suspect. The faceplate looks wrong. I wouldn't put another handlebar in that stem if it were me. I'd also recommend purchasing a stem that's a little higher end. Say like around $30 or more.
yea... i bought the stem back in '07, so it's been kind of hanging around like a bad penny.
i'll get with my LBS and see what they recommend. maybe go Origin 8 bars and stem. i just got went NITTO Noodle and NITTO stem on another bike project. $$ good $tuff....
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About a month ago I broke a pair of Soma sparrow hanble bars going down hill on my fixed gear bike luckily I had a front break.
Do not risk it
Change bar and stem it will be cheaper and less painful
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Originally Posted by Surly2698
Do not risk it
leaning strongly toward a NITTO Dirt Drop Riser stem and NITTO Rando bars. but still kicking around the idea of sticking with the Origin8 brand. Not sure who makes their stuff for them. Taiwan Inc. , i'd guess.
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