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Old 08-21-15, 04:53 PM
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Handlebar widths

Specifically bullhorn handlebars. I'm trying to find a narrower handlebar but I'm confused about how the width is measured. Most are measured center to center. My understanding is that center to center is the measure between the center of the parallel part of handlebar.

I purchased this handlebar last month from eBay because the it claimed to be 36 cm center to center. When i got it i realized it was actually 42 cm center to center. The ad also said its 42cm end to end which totally confused me.

VR Pursuit Bullhorn with Drop Fixie Handlebar Clamp Diameter 25 4mm Width 36cm | eBay

I ended up getting a refund and kept the bar which was great but now I'm trying to order another one and I'm completely confused about how they measure the bars.

Found this handlebar which says 37cm center to center. I need to know if it will actually be 37 cm wide from the center of the parallel parts of the handlebar. Or if there is some other way of measuring these things that im totally missing out on.

25 4mm 37cm Bullhorn Riser Bar for Fixed Gear Bike Bicycle Alloy Handlebar B121 | eBay

Also found this other handlebar which doesn't say the width but i looked it up and its supposed to be 31cm wide. I might buy it if i can confirm that it will actually be 31cm center to center.

Syntace Ultralite x Aero Triathlon Time Trial TT Base Handle Bars | eBay

for sell vintage Syntace TT time trial, Triathlon handlebar New old Stock NOS NIP

Also if anybody knows of any narrower cheaper handlebars that would be greatly appreciated. thank you.
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Old 08-22-15, 08:05 AM
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good luck .. bring a tape measure when you go (Physically*) shopping .

Road racing bars are made in various widths. turn one upside down and saw off the drops.


I have a handlebar made by Bike Friday , it separates , by the same techniques you can saw out the center , and narrow a bar,

sleeve thru the inside, then add a split sleeve over the outside,

and compress the outer sleeve with the stem clamp,

it will be adequate strength.


* Go in shops ever?
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Old 08-22-15, 03:28 PM
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this intrigues me. I have thought of it before but figured it would never be strong enough to hold and i would probably end up injured. a coworker suggested having it welded.

What sized sleeves would i need for inside and outside? any chance i can get them some at the hardware store?

Ive been into several shops looking for a narrower handlebar. They all have the same 42 cm origin 8 handlebar that they wanna charge 25-30 dollars for. which i can easily get online for 12. Most shops only want to sell you a new bike. If you come in asking for something out of the ordinary prepare to be bombarded with sarcastic condescending comments. If you tell them your doing the work yourself they wont even turn their head to talk to you.

There is a huge class difference here in Miami. Everything is either really high end or complete trash. this a applies to everything not just bike shops.
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Old 08-22-15, 08:23 PM
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lemme guess, you want it that narrow for performing sideways bunny hops into ******clamationpoints? (aka rear wheel skids on fixies)

you don't need anything this narrow. if you a real person, the stated figures are far narrower than your actual chest width. this is bull****.

if you want to make a fashion statement, take an old mountain bar and use a hacksaw to cut it off to just hand width beyond the stem. you will look like an asshat and it will handle like crap, but at least you will look cool. oh wait, no you won't.

if you want to go fast, get a bike, that fits properly, with gears, which will most likely have 38-46cm bars, all of which are widely available.
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Old 08-23-15, 01:36 AM
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Lemme guess, your trying to up your E-cred by picking on a new guy and talking out of your ass.

Not that i have to explain myself to anyone for asking a question but you need to know how wrong you are.


I used to ride drops till i realized they where useless for my kind of city riding. Filtering through traffic, constant stop lights, potholes, curb hopping, light off roading (patches of dirt, gravel littered roads, cutting through lawns)

Always ended up with my hand on the top and center of the handlebar and would have to reach back to the hoods to use the brakes. i switched to a flatbar ($3 online) and chopped it down to 36 cm and got some brake levers. it was great but i missed the leverage i got from the drops so thought of switching to bullhorns. Found those fake 36 cm on eBay. ordered them and was disappointed. Been riding on those for like 4 months. I usually just ride with my hands as far to the center as possible anyway but i still miss the narrowness of my flat bars.

this is my "fixie"...

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buy some tools to measure things 1st hand ..
tubing has 3 dimensions internal diameter, external diameter, and the difference '/,2 is, tube wall thickness
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