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Handlebar - New vs Used: Does it matter?

Old 07-17-09, 05:11 PM
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Handlebar - New vs Used: Does it matter?

I just did a bike fitting at a LBS and they recommended me to replace the handle bar and stem to give me more reach. They sold me a *used* Ritchey WSC Logic II (http://www.ritcheylogic.com/dyn_prodfamily.php?k=135210) for $50 (MSRP for $115 and on sale at performance bikes for $85). I'm tempted to shell out $35 extra to get a brand new bar but I'm just thinking: is it really worth it? Does it really matter if the bar is used or brand new? What should I do?
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Old 07-17-09, 05:15 PM
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Depends on how used and who used it. If I didn't know the person who rode it and the history about crashes I wouldn't do it.
Then again I've never bought a used set of bars or stem.
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Without knowing the full history of the used handlebars - such as: was it impacted? Bent and bent back? Sat on by an elephant? I'd buy a new bar. If for no other reason than my peace of mind.
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Old 07-17-09, 05:56 PM
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FYI, you can buy a new drop bar like that for around $20. That price is absolutely ridiculous.
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FYI, you can buy a new drop bar like that for around $20. That price is absolutely ridiculous.
+1 $50 for used bars without knowledge of history is off the charts price wise.
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Old 07-17-09, 06:44 PM
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Yep - just go by the shop after hours. Fish it out of their dumpster...If you want it.
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If you're going used, you could try craigslist, if you've got one in your area. I picked up a Ritchey WCS for $10 at a swap meet this summer (I'll trade you if you have something with 25.4 clamp). In retrospect, I wish I had bought more used parts at that meet. And I've traded a few bars here at bf, so you could try that if you've got the time. I've also traded and even given a few away on craigslist. Wish I had some of those back now. I need one for an old Peugeot.
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Old 07-18-09, 12:31 AM
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A LBS here in my stomping grounds did some work (my tools had been stolen) on my vintage PUCH. When I got it back - my lovely old randonneur bars were bent and grotesquely wrapped in yellow-foam tape. And finished in lovely gobs of electrical-tape. Blech!

But they wanted me to be happy! They tried to sell me new handlebars. They had not yet learned that I was a long-time bike-mechanic. And I was taking notes.

Thank goodness my replacement tools
arrived that day...
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Old 07-18-09, 07:15 AM
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Huh. I have only used bikes, so, by definition, I only have used handlebars. Never had a problem. But you shouldn't have to pay $50 for them, imho. I'm not too picky about bars, and much more picky about $$, so I'd take 'em back and find a set on my own.
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