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Choping some risers

Old 08-07-07, 05:42 PM
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Choping some risers

I was wondering what kind of cutting tool you guys used to shorten the length of riser bars? I think the bar material is aluminium
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A tube cutter works the best. Or, if youre total hack, use a hack saw.

Tube cutter
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Old 08-07-07, 05:48 PM
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Can you get a tube cutter at any hardware store?
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yeah
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Old 08-07-07, 05:57 PM
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Thanks for such a fast response deathhare!
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No problem. Have you ever used a tube cutter?
In case you havent....first, snug it up on the tube. then you have to rotate it around the tube and about every few turns tighten it down a little more. Repeat that till the tube gets cut.
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Old 08-07-07, 06:39 PM
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Hacksaw with 24 tpi works fine for my Easton EA70 bar.
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As I am a total hack, a hack saw worked great for mine. Just last night, as a matter of fact.
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hacksaw and file....
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After spending the 6 dollars on a tube cutter at Ace, I will now laugh at anyone that hacksaws bars. When i did my flip/chops on my Peugeot, it took me like 25 minutes of sawing and struggling to find a set a clamps that would hold the bar sufficiently.

The tube cutter on my aluminum MTB bars took all of 3 minutes of easy carefree spinning.

Totally worth it.
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Old 08-07-07, 07:20 PM
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Well the best thing about the tube cutter is that you can get a totally straight cut everytime without even paying attention or trying. Basically zero effort needed as well.
Its a decent tool to have in your box. Ive also cut seat posts and steerer tubes with them.
When you cut a steerer tube you def DONT want to use a hack saw if you plan to ever use the fork.
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also helps to spray a little tri flow on there while you are spinin' the pipe cutter
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saws all. I try to go for complete overkill when doing the simplest tasks. You end up with a pretty rough cut though, a file is necessary.
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You mean a sawzall?
Why not use a shotgun?
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fine, you can put a z in it, I have a **** hacksaw and everytime I wan't to cut bars the hardware store is closed. Plus, it takes me about 45 seconds to have a set of bars chopped filed and ready to ride
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Old 08-07-07, 09:15 PM
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I didnt put a Z in it...thats how its spelt.
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fine. All I know is that it saws all
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agreed.
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Ive cut many a bar with a hacksaw and file it down nice and smooth afterwards. Any amount that I am off with my cut the file takes care of it. Im an electrician by trade so Im pretty handy with a hacksaw The filing gives it a nice finished look, no rough edges....
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hacksaw because i don't have a pipe cutter and the difference between the cuts is negligible because grips go on shortly after
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Then you guys should bevel the edges and leave off the bar plugs!!!
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Floor mounted Detroit Machine Works automatic bandsaw with water cooling jet, soft jaw insert on the chuck and micro adjust cut setter.
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i was once told that a pipe cutter makes the ends flare out a bit

fwiw
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If that were the case people wouldnt use them to cut steerer tubes...or copper water pipe for that matter.
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