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Selecting the correct replacement Riser Handlebar for a novice

Old 03-20-15, 12:44 PM
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Selecting the correct replacement Riser Handlebar for a novice

I am looking to replace my handlebar as it bent in an accident this week (luckily not too bad a crash and only the handlebar was damaged). I really like the way the bike rides with the current handlebar and would like to replace it with something identical or at least similar. I have listed some details and questions below, and have attached a couple of pictures.

My bike is a Trek Navigator 200 - I'm not sure what year as I bought it from a refurb bike co-op.

What rise should I look for in the replacement handlebar?
How do I tell how much sweep back the bar has? And how do I find a new bar with the same sweep (seems hard to find that listed on any of the handlebars I've seen online)?
My main goal with the bike is comfort on my commute and a mostly upright ride (a must due to a back injury). If I could improve either of these with a different type of handlebar please let me know as well.

As this will be my first real foray into bike maintenance, please let me know if there are any other questions I should be asking.

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I am not going to make up your Mind for you .. though I wouldn't want to re elect your Mayor, If you want my Opinion.

My bike shop in my small town has a Variety of different Handlebars to hold in your hands and hold over your Bike .

You are in a Large city the selection should be even better.. take the bike go in and try a few in person.

stem is 1 inch , so bar center is same and the rest of the handlebar tubing is 7/8" standard uprirght bar , notthin oversize.

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Better check the rest of the bike carefully for damage, especially the fork and the front of the frame.

You might check with the co-op for a replacement.
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So how happy have you been with the bike till now? If you've been comfortable, I'd replace the handlebar with one as nearly the same as I could find.

"Rise" is the elevation difference between where the handlebar clamps into the stem and where your hands go. Try to figure out a way to measure that so you'll know what to look for. That's an important measurement.
"Width" is the distance end-to-end. That's important too. If your new bar is very much different you may find yourself replacing all of your cables. That's a fairly big job.
"Sweep" is the angle of the handgrips relative to the direction of travel. In real life sweep turns out to be a function of how wide the handlebars are - the least of your worries.

Once you know those three dimensions, check Bike Island or Niagara Bicycle to see what they have.

Or you could take the bent handlebar to your local bike shop and let them find one for you.
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