Go Back  Bike Forums > Bike Forums > Fitting Your Bike
Reload this Page >

Trek 730 raise handlebars

Notices
Fitting Your Bike Are you confused about how you should fit a bike to your particular body dimensions? Have you been reading, found the terms Merxx or French Fit, and don’t know what you need? Every style of riding is different- in how you fit the bike to you, and the sizing of the bike itself. It’s more than just measuring your height, reach and inseam. With the help of Bike Fitting, you’ll be able to find the right fit for your frame size, style of riding, and your particular dimensions. Here ya’ go…..the location for everything fit related.

Trek 730 raise handlebars

Old 05-04-21, 03:32 PM
  #1  
LenniePaz
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2021
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Trek 730 raise handlebars

I just picked up a used Trek 730, and the handlebars are too low. I loosened the hex bolt to raise them, but the front brake cable gets really tight when I raise the bars, and applies the brakes. I don't see any play in the brake cable. Is there a way to get some slack out of the cable?
LenniePaz is offline  
Old 05-04-21, 03:38 PM
  #2  
tyrion
Senior Member
 
tyrion's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2015
Location: San Diego, California
Posts: 3,327

Bikes: Breezer Radar

Mentioned: 25 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1775 Post(s)
Liked 1,112 Times in 528 Posts
Originally Posted by LenniePaz View Post
I just picked up a used Trek 730, and the handlebars are too low. I loosened the hex bolt to raise them, but the front brake cable gets really tight when I raise the bars, and applies the brakes. I don't see any play in the brake cable. Is there a way to get some slack out of the cable?
You might have to get new cables. We can give you a better answer if you post pics - you can't post pics here directly until you have 10 posts but you can put them somewhere on the internet and put the URL to the them here.
tyrion is offline  
Likes For tyrion:
Old 05-04-21, 03:46 PM
  #3  
mdarnton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Chicago
Posts: 129

Bikes: nothing to brag about

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 105 Times in 53 Posts
If it's a 730 the cables and housings are most likely ancient, so you would do yourself a favor by replacing them, anyway. Then you can cut them to whatever length works best.
mdarnton is offline  
Old 05-04-21, 03:50 PM
  #4  
LenniePaz
Newbie
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: May 2021
Posts: 2
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 3 Post(s)
Likes: 0
Liked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Originally Posted by mdarnton View Post
If it's a 730 the cables and housings are most likely ancient, so you would do yourself a favor by replacing them, anyway. Then you can cut them to whatever length works best.
The cable with the outer casing, goes into the top of the stem, and just the wire cable comes out the bottom. Does that matter when getting a new one?
LenniePaz is offline  
Old 05-05-21, 09:28 AM
  #5  
Carbonfiberboy 
just another gosling
 
Carbonfiberboy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Posts: 17,404

Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004

Mentioned: 106 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2923 Post(s)
Liked 826 Times in 622 Posts
Why do you think the bars are too low?
__________________
Results matter
Carbonfiberboy is offline  
Old 05-05-21, 10:18 AM
  #6  
mdarnton
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2015
Location: Chicago
Posts: 129

Bikes: nothing to brag about

Mentioned: 2 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 40 Post(s)
Liked 105 Times in 53 Posts
Originally Posted by LenniePaz View Post
The cable with the outer casing, goes into the top of the stem, and just the wire cable comes out the bottom. Does that matter when getting a new one?
What you do is buy the pieces, housing and cable, then cut them to the lengths you need. If you don't feel confident doing it yourself, it should be a relatively fast job for any bike shop. If you have too many questions, don't try it yourself.
mdarnton is offline  
Old 05-05-21, 10:35 AM
  #7  
Leisesturm
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2005
Posts: 4,663
Mentioned: 24 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 1702 Post(s)
Liked 248 Times in 187 Posts
Originally Posted by LenniePaz View Post
The cable with the outer casing, goes into the top of the stem, and just the wire cable comes out the bottom. Does that matter when getting a new one?
I suppose it does. As others have said, if you raise the bars, you will (likely) need longer cables. Inner AND outer. But, as you say, because of the housing stop on the front brake (rear as well probably) the inner core is considerably longer than the outer housing. I just took a look at your bike. Those old steel threaded headsets and the complimentary stem technologies don't have a ton of adjustment possible. You have to keep a certain minimum of stem inside the headtube (around 2") and I'll bet money you are close to that right now. What you probably need is handlebars with more 'rise' than the present ones. You will still (likely) need longer cables. And to the point of post #5 ... classic geometry for those hybrids has the top of the handlebars right at the height of the saddle, plus or minus one inch.You risk looking like a total wuss (if you are a guy) with your bars much higher than an inch above seat height. HTFU and use the savings to buy fresh brake pads, the ones on the bike are (likely) dried out. If you are a gal, please forgive my display of mouth-breather insensitivity and sexism and raise away.

Last edited by Leisesturm; 05-05-21 at 10:41 AM.
Leisesturm is offline  
Likes For Leisesturm:
Old 05-05-21, 01:17 PM
  #8  
Iride01
Hits [ENTER] b4 thinking
 
Iride01's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2017
Location: Mississippi
Posts: 6,547

Bikes: '20 Tarmac Disc Comp '91 Schwinn Paramount '78 Raleigh Competition GS

Mentioned: 28 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 2535 Post(s)
Liked 1,227 Times in 901 Posts
If these by some odd chance happen to be the original cables and housings, then I'd think that they'd have been cut to allow for extension of the stem to it's max height.

So trying to go higher might require more than just cables and cable housings.

This is a quill stem isn't it? You don't want the wedge up near the top headset bearing race even if you don't care about minimum insertion for safety.
Iride01 is offline  
Old 05-05-21, 01:40 PM
  #9  
tilsover
Member
 
tilsover's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2021
Location: Minnesota
Posts: 36

Bikes: 2019 KHS 1000; 1990 (or so) Trek 930

Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 6 Post(s)
Liked 40 Times in 17 Posts
Years ago I put a new stem and bars on my old Trek 930. Got rid of the thru-stem cable routing and added this for a cable stop. Original cable was easily long enough. Maybe you could try something similar. Good riding.
tilsover is offline  

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off


Thread Tools
Search this Thread

Contact Us - Archive - Advertising - Cookie Policy - Privacy Statement - Terms of Service - Do Not Sell My Personal Information -

Copyright © 2021 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands. All rights reserved. Use of this site indicates your consent to the Terms of Use.