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Chenilli's dip 1/4" on one side!

Old 03-24-15, 09:03 PM
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Chenilli's dip 1/4" on one side!

For a neighbor I was doing simple tape and noticed that his bars dip down 1/4" on one side and stupidly mentioned it. He now wants it fixed and is even willing to buy new bars as it bothers him. Presumably he has thousands of miles in this condition. Can I build nice tight blocks and press up, I think so w/o buckling the tubes but I don't want to take a chance with nice bars w/o double checking with you sharpies. This Colnago need these bars.
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Need lots more info. It could be a minor, easily corrected problem, or there might be something else going on.
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Drop bar droop is common, especially for bars from BITD. We usually didn't bother with trying to correct them back then. We recommend not doing so these days (as both the liability issues are more extreme and the alloys less malleable). The smart thing to do is to replace the bars if the rider is really bothered by them. (and riding a bike with a good place of mind is worth a lot).

On another point- Cinelli bars have been made with a 26.4 clamp section diameter in the past and now a 26.0 one. This might not seem like a lot of difference but for some of the same reasons that bending old bars can be considered a bad idea so too installing an undersized bar in a stem can be the wrong choice. So do the dimensional homework well before replacing the old bars (and not a stem too.) Andy.
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I didn't think they still had 26.x bars, just 31.8.

But clamp diameter is a concern when replacing those bars.
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