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First spill, need new bars.

Old 05-14-15, 06:07 PM
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First spill, need new bars.

So I took my first spill on my bike tonight. Everything seems to be ok, WITH the exception of my handlebars which I bent pretty badly. Needless to say I'm now currently handlebar shopping online. My bike is a 2014 Giant Defy 5 and I'm having a hard time finding bars that I believe would fit my stock set up. For anyone unfamiliar with the specs of the 2014 (it seems they've changed it up for 2015) here's the link to Giant's site. Defy 5 (2014) | Giant Bicycles | United States.

Can someone make a recommendation on some good bars that will fit my bike?
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Old 05-14-15, 06:26 PM
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Yea, you're going to find it hard these days to find a 26mm handlebar. They are still around... but selection's getting slim. That standard is on its way out. I would buy a new stem along with the handlebar and get the modern 31.8mm standard handlebar size. A stem can cost as little as $15 online.

EDIT: funny... the spec says 26mm handlebar, but the picture looks like it's 31.8mm. Got a pair of calipers handy? It may be that the bars are 26mm but the stem supports 31.8mm and the bars are attached using a spacer.
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Cinelli and Deda still make 26.0 bars, but like Brian says, measure the current set prior to purchasing.

EDIT: check out Universal Cycles as well. I recall them having a good selection in 26 as well.
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Are you sure the bars are actually bent? Got a picture? Bent bars are quite uncommon.
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Upon further review, it looks like it might be bent/damaged shifters? Here's two pictures, I tried to capture what I'm seeing as much as possible. Thoughts?

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Pics don't work.
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Hopefully they work now?

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The shifters clamp onto the bars. Most likely the shifter simply got knocked around and just needs the clamp loosened a tad, the shifter moved back, and the clamp retightened.

I don't see anything that would lead me to believe either the shifter or bar is damaged. If you don't have any bike tools, this is a trivial job for a bike shop to do.
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Bars don't look bent. Loosen the clamp for the shifter, move it back in place and retighten. Pull away the rubber hood on the outside and you'll see a 5mm allen bolt. That's for the clamp.
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Originally Posted by svtmike View Post
The shifters clamp onto the bars. Most likely the shifter simply got knocked around and just needs the clamp loosened a tad, the shifter moved back, and the clamp retightened.

I don't see anything that would lead me to believe either the shifter or bar is damaged. If you don't have any bike tools, this is a trivial job for a bike shop to do.
+1

Likely all you need is a single a Allen wrench. Pull the rubber brake hood back from the front, insert wrench, lefty loosey, adjust brake position, righty tighty, replace brake hood, double check everything, and you're done. If you don't have the Allen key now, you'll want it soon enough. Mine takes a 5mm.
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