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Old 10-22-13, 08:10 AM
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Drop Bars to Trekking Bars

I was wondering if it is possible to bend the ends of drop bars inwards and convert them to trekking bars.
Would like to know anyone has tried it.
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Old 10-22-13, 08:14 AM
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I'm going to guess that the aluminum alloys that are commonly used for handlebars wouldn't take kindly to being bent without being heated significantly first, and then would possibly require heat treating afterwards. It would be easier and safer to simply replace the bars.
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Originally Posted by demoncyclist View Post
I'm going to guess that the aluminum alloys that are commonly used for handlebars wouldn't take kindly to being bent without being heated significantly first, and then would possibly require heat treating afterwards. It would be easier and safer to simply replace the bars.
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Old 10-22-13, 09:56 AM
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Its reading like you may be thinking Scott Drop-Ins a drop bar that continues to curve inward at the drops..
More tubing .. involved so not anything a shade tree home wrench, would tackle..

and so as to have a bottom, drops curve inward.. those fall into the ..
find them in unsold old stock or someone reselling theirs via that auction site thing.

the trekking bar is also smaller diameter to be compatible with MTB type controls 1" center, 7/8" for rest of bar.
road bar tubes are 15/16", centers 26mm or larger..

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Old 10-22-13, 11:12 AM
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No, I did not know about them. I was thinking about just regular drop bars. But, it sounds more difficult than I imagined.
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Old 10-22-13, 12:03 PM
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RE: the figure 8 bend trekking bars,

There are some selling at Only, about $20 .. so why kludge and damage others, and maybe risk injury?
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If you are interested in springing for trekking bars (Nashbar often has them for sale for less than $20), here is my thread going through the long process of modifying my spouse's road bike to trekking bars: http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...ars?highlight=

He is very, very happy with the new set up.
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