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Old 09-12-13, 02:28 PM
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Bent handlebars on kid's bike - ideas?

Hello,
I recently purchased a used Specialized Hotrock 12 inch wheel kid’s bike. The bike looked like it was in good condition so I bought it. I was told the bike was purchase new in fall 2010 and have no reason to not believe that information as the seller didn’t seem flaky. I got it home and started doing some small adjustments (like seat height) and while centering the handlebars I noticed they are not straight. When looking straight down, one side of the handlebars is more forward that the other. To confirm, I removed the handlebars and laid them flat on the floor. They wobble one way but not the other way – meaning one side is higher than the other.
The bike doesn’t look like it was abused. The handlebars have no dents on them. Is it possible this was a manufacturing error? Or is it possible to bend handlebars without denting or scratching them? Either way, do you think they can be bent back into shape? Or should my daughter just live with slightly bent handlebars? I’m considering going to a Specialized dealer and asking their thoughts. If this was a manufacturing error maybe they could help me out. What do you guys think?
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Old 09-12-13, 03:03 PM
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They were probably manufactured that way, as there would be just about no way to bend them (or bend them back) without damaging them cosmetically. As it is a used bike, you're probably out-of-luck getting them replaced gratis, even if it was a manufacturing fault. The bent bars would not affect the function, safety, or even the comfort of the bike.
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Old 09-12-13, 03:05 PM
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Put them in a vise and straighten them as much as you can.
Or replace. Not too expensive.
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new handlebars .. I mean if you like the Kid ..

no pictures , so Ill default to spending your money for the safety of the kid.
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Thanks all. I'm guessing it was a manufacturing error. I don't think there are any safety issues. The bars are strong and the lopsidedness is pretty minor. I didn't even notice when I bought it.

For fun I'll go by a Specialized dealer and see if they have any advice. I have a feeling a new handlebar would be more than I'd want to pay.
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Please don't take offense, but you're obsessing over nothing. These are kid's handlebars and are built to a tolerance based on that purpose.

If it really bothers you they can be straightened or bent more to match, but you need to have a way to hold them at the center. Depending on which way you need to bend, you can use the stem, either on the bike, or standing in a vise to tweak them with a bit of brute force (it doesn't take much).

Alternatively, you can clamp one end in a vice between two grooved blocks (don't clamp tight enough to crush), and twist the loose end into the same plane as the clamped end.

Not seeing the bar, and accepting that the difference is barely noticeable, I'd say leave bad enough alone, unless you're comfortable working with tubing. I'd have no problem doing it, though I probably wouldn't bother.
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Originally Posted by FBinNY View Post
Please don't take offense, but you're obsessing over nothing. These are kid's handlebars and are built to a tolerance based on that purpose.

If it really bothers you they can be straightened or bent more to match, but you need to have a way to hold them at the center. Depending on which way you need to bend, you can use the stem, either on the bike, or standing in a vise to tweak them with a bit of brute force (it doesn't take much).

Alternatively, you can clamp one end in a vice between two grooved blocks (don't clamp tight enough to crush), and twist the loose end into the same plane as the clamped end.

Not seeing the bar, and accepting that the difference is barely noticeable, I'd say leave bad enough alone, unless you're comfortable working with tubing. I'd have no problem doing it, though I probably wouldn't bother.
Thank you! I guess I'm a little bothered because the reason I bought a Specialized (as opposed to a department store bike) is the quality. But you're right, of course, I shouldn't sweat the details.
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Use a vise, not a vice.
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Originally Posted by Grand Bois View Post
Use a vise, not a vice.
I have plenty of one, but only 1 of the other.
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