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Old 10-25-16, 04:21 AM
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Handlebar Size

I currently ride an early nineties hybrid Trek and am looking to get a new bike in the spring. Have been considering the FX line and had a chance this past weekend to go to a shop and check out one in a distant dealership. It seemed that the handlebars where quite longer than on my current bike. Measurement out to out for my handlebars is 22 3/16", and I was hoping someone might measure the handlebars for one of the FX's and let me know what that measurement is. There are Ergo grips on my bike now, but I don't think they shorten or lengthen the overall width significantly. Can someone let me know what that width is? Thanks!
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I don't know the width of Trek bars, but I recently got a Haro Aeras and I plan to hacksaw off at least an inch on either side, maybe more. They are 3 or 4 inches wider than my old ('98) GT Outpost mountain bike.
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I recently bought a mountain bike, and the handlebars on it are noticeably wider than those on my hybrid. The guys at the shop where I bought it said that if I ride it for a while and want it shortened, they would be glad to do it for me. So you might want to ask your LBS. But I would recommend waiting until you've ridden it a bit. For what it's worth, I've gotten used to the mountain bike and will probably leave it as is.
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It like my flat bars at least 680mm and thats about as short length as mountain bars go. 600mm is on females bike and 640 is about average for men's hybrids. The shorter the bar the twitcher and less comfortable over long rides for me.
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I like narrower bars because they make the bike more nimble and I feel like there is less drag when trying to go fast on the flats. It is also easier to move bikes around in a crowded garage.

The handlebars on a 2014 Trek 7.2 FX are 620mm wide. I think they are slightly wide for a fitness bike, but that's just me. Waiting on a flat bar conversion on my Madone and I picked the Bontrager Isozone handlebars, which I believe are just 600mm in width. If I want to go narrower still, Easton makes a 580 mm flat bar.
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Old 10-25-16, 03:52 PM
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Bike Shop You Go to has a Tape measure .. ask them if you can Use it?

Or Bring a Tailor's tape .. they're cheap.
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Originally Posted by finch204 View Post
I like narrower bars because they make the bike more nimble and I feel like there is less drag when trying to go fast on the flats. It is also easier to move bikes around in a crowded garage.

The handlebars on a 2014 Trek 7.2 FX are 620mm wide. I think they are slightly wide for a fitness bike, but that's just me. Waiting on a flat bar conversion on my Madone and I picked the Bontrager Isozone handlebars, which I believe are just 600mm in width. If I want to go narrower still, Easton makes a 580 mm flat bar.
620mm/10 = 62cm
62cm / 2.54 cm/inch = 24 7/16".

Thank you.
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Buy a hacksaw.
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Buy a hacksaw.
Smart answer.
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Buy a hacksaw.

... from Jim Duggan.
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... from Jim Duggan.
I had to Google him and I wish I hadn't.
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I had to Google him and I wish I hadn't.


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Originally Posted by zorrofox View Post
Buy a hacksaw.
Personally if I was going to cut down handlebars I would use a pipe cutter for a guaranteed nice clean job. With a hacksaw, there's too much risk of slipping and scratching/butchering the job, just about impossible to get a good square cut. And then there's the mess from the cuttings and the jagged buried edge that will need to be filed. Yes, pipe cutter and 30 seconds for me.

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Old 10-27-16, 03:47 AM
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The pipe cutter is great but to get the bar end caps in you still have to get the file out because the cutter pinches the pipe end inward. I used a hacksaw because I have one, I have tons of tools but no pipe cutter on hand.
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I just cut mine last night using a pipe cutter. It was super simple and easy. The whole cutting took a few seconds. However, don't use it if you have carbon fiber

Good luck
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Originally Posted by zorrofox View Post
Buy a hacksaw.
It seems if you buy a current hybrid you have a choice of black or black, and even less choice in bar length and bar design. For a little while I thought this was because bars had evolved to be more and more efficient, the latest bars being the best. Now I believe it's no more than fashion, like girls wearing flats one year, high heels the next.
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Park saw guide , since very few can use a hacksaw and cut square.. Threadless Saw Guide | Park Tool
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Or get the chop saw out..
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$5 pipe cutter from Harbor Freight will cut down aluminum in about 20 seconds. I used the same cutter on probably 10 sets of handlebars for me and friends with multiple cuts on each to get that perfect length.
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