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Help w/ replacing handlebars on my single speed

Old 08-28-19, 03:08 PM
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Help w/ replacing handlebars on my single speed

I’m hoping to get new handle bars to replace my stock bull horns on my new statebycicle company single speed bike. I was hoping to purchase a flat bar and upgrade from the stock bullhorns. After contacting state directly, the representative stated that my 4130 model 6 uses a 26mm stem clamp and 23.8mm brakes. Does anyone know where I can get a flat bar for the sz stem clamp and brakes that I have?? I was also wondering if I would be able to raise the stem a bit. I had the bike put together at a shop and they didn’t really ask if I wanted to test it out before leaving. After a couple rides I think I might be a bit more comfortable if I was able to raise it, even if it was just a bit. Thanks in advance everyone!
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Old 08-29-19, 09:44 AM
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Try State maybe
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It may be best to choose the bars you want, then choose a new stem to suit, rather than limiting your choice of bars to those that fit your stem. Bars are crucial to comfort and control on any bike. The more you like riding it, the more you'll ride it.

As for height, you can flip the stem so that it is angled up or down. However, if you want to raise it more than that, you may need a stem with a steeper angle.
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Old 08-29-19, 01:13 PM
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Originally Posted by Rvdjc54 View Post
I’m hoping to get new handle bars to replace my stock bull horns on my new statebycicle company single speed bike. I was hoping to purchase a flat bar and upgrade from the stock bullhorns. After contacting state directly, the representative stated that my 4130 model 6 uses a 26mm stem clamp and 23.8mm brakes. Does anyone know where I can get a flat bar for the sz stem clamp and brakes that I have?? I was also wondering if I would be able to raise the stem a bit. I had the bike put together at a shop and they didn’t really ask if I wanted to test it out before leaving. After a couple rides I think I might be a bit more comfortable if I was able to raise it, even if it was just a bit. Thanks in advance everyone!
I was going to say that the 26mm measurement is probably a rounded up 25.4mm, which is one of the standard sizes for the stem clamp area of a handlebar.

However, that 23.8mm brake lever clamp diameter is not the same as the ends of a common handlebar at 22.2mm. Maybe the brake clamps would tighten down to 22.2mm bar ends just fine?

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Old 08-29-19, 01:19 PM
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Originally Posted by ceelint View Post
Try State maybe
Good idea. https://www.statebicycle.com/collections/bars
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26.0 is a common older road clamp standard. Any 25.4 flat bar will work just fine with an aluminum can shim.
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Lots of road bikes had and still have a 26.0 MM clamp and it is not the same as 25.4, though as mentioned, shims can be used.
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Give it some time before you buy new bars

Originally Posted by Rvdjc54 View Post
After a couple of rides a think I might be a bit more comfortable if I was able to raise it, even if it was just a bit. Thanks in advance everyone!
Before you buy a new bar or change the stem, ride the bike for 100 miles. You’ll find your hands and wrists and neck get used to the position. Whenever you change position or start riding after a hiatus there will be some pain. So give your current setup some time (I.e. miles).

By the same token, if you change your bar or stem, you’ll experience some pain, somewhere, for a little while.

Try moving your saddle fore or aft and that may also help.

in my experience, the lower you go in front, the further forward you can put the saddle, which gives you more power, which is nice.

Also in my my humble opinion, while there is a limit on how low you can go in front for a given level of flexibility and fitness, most “fitting” is for people who want to fuss over a bike and spend money and time thinking about their bike. Riding solves most “fit” issues automatically.

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Originally Posted by Playinintraffic View Post
Riding solves most “fit” issues automatically.
This is bad advice.
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Originally Posted by Rvdjc54 View Post
I’m hoping to get new handle bars to replace my stock bull horns on my new statebycicle company single speed bike. I was hoping to purchase a flat bar and upgrade from the stock bullhorns. After contacting state directly, the representative stated that my 4130 model 6 uses a 26mm stem clamp and 23.8mm brakes. Does anyone know where I can get a flat bar for the sz stem clamp and brakes that I have?? I was also wondering if I would be able to raise the stem a bit. I had the bike put together at a shop and they didn’t really ask if I wanted to test it out before leaving. After a couple rides I think I might be a bit more comfortable if I was able to raise it, even if it was just a bit. Thanks in advance everyone!
If you get some flat bars with some rise you probably won't need to raise the stem up more. I would at least try new bars out before getting a stem at the same time, these are easy swaps that only take a few minutes and riser bars will put you more up right.
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Originally Posted by seau grateau View Post
This is bad advice.
Please allow me to clarify: actual issues with fit won’t be solved with more miles. But most so-called fit issues aren’t brought by seasoned cyclists with actual fit issues. Most “fit” issues are brought by new or occasional riders who have soreness that will go away with more regular riding. Our mutual friend has some soreness after “a couple of rides.” The advice is change your bars? Stem? After a couple of rides?

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Originally Posted by Playinintraffic View Post
Please allow me to clarify: actual issues with fit won’t be solved with more miles. But most so-called fit issues aren’t brought by seasoned cyclists with actual fit issues. Most “fit” issues are brought by new or occasional riders who have soreness that will go away with more regular riding. Our mutual friend has some soreness after “a couple of rides.” The advice is change your bars? Stem? After a couple of rides?
Well, yeah. But most seasoned riders have gone through a lot of trial and error (or bike fitting) to find the position that works for them. They also have a level of fitness and body adaptation that allows them to ride in positions that more casual riders would find uncomfortable. I think it's better to set the bike up so that it's reasonably comfortable now and change the position as necessary if/when fitness and adaptations come.
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