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How much should I cut down my risers?

Old 08-02-09, 01:38 AM
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How much should I cut down my risers?

1" riser bars. Gonna put on Oury grips if that helps.
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Old 08-02-09, 01:42 AM
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enough so no bar shows when ourys are on.
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Old 08-02-09, 03:06 AM
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Not to be a dick, but this should be fairly obvious. Cut them down only as far as is comfortable and practical. Before anyone says anything, yes, my flats are cut down to 36cm but they're super-comfortable for me (I'm small). Play around with different hand positions for a little bit and THEN cut them down once you have a better idea of what's going to work well for you. There is no "right" amount to cut them down other than what's right for you.
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Old 08-02-09, 04:52 AM
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Long bars = more hand/arm positions available while riding, more leverage when skidding.

Short bars = easier to squeeze through traffic, better for bar spins I would think.

Somewhere between 40 and 50 cm is typical I think. Mine are about 50 cm.
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Old 08-02-09, 04:57 AM
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40 and 50?
Jeez that **** is wide. Never anything over 40 looks good or feels good to me.
Always around 36cm.
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Old 08-02-09, 07:53 AM
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Depends on how borad your shoulders are. I wouldn't recommend cutting them much shorter than that. My shoulders are 52cm, and i cut my risers to 40cm, and sometimes i wish for more leverage, especially when climbing. If i had cut them any shorter than that i feel like the bike would have been **** to control.
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Old 08-02-09, 08:24 AM
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20cm is the best, I like to have my hands touching the stem.
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Old 08-02-09, 08:50 AM
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You can always cut more off later if you leave them a little wide until you figure out how you like them.
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Old 08-02-09, 08:53 AM
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Forget the bars and just grip the stem. You'll save weight and bar spins are easier.
 
Old 08-02-09, 09:46 AM
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you guys still use stems? I just grip onto the steerer tube. in the days of threadless stems there really is no need for one.
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Old 08-02-09, 09:50 AM
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but seriously cut them wider than you think you should, ride a little, cut off a little more until you have the look and feel you want. you can't make them longer but you can buy/scavenge new ones
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Old 08-02-09, 11:34 AM
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There is an applet that takes your info (dob, shoulder width, arm length, bar rise + color, frame geo, as well as grip type/color, front tire type, skid/noskid and lifestyle choice) it will then calculate down to +/- 5mm of how much you should cut.
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Originally Posted by ianjk View Post
There is an applet that takes your info (dob, shoulder width, arm length, bar rise + color, frame geo, as well as grip type/color, front tire type, skid/noskid and lifestyle choice) it will then calculate down to +/- 5mm of how much you should cut.
it's called bikeforums.net
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Old 08-02-09, 11:55 AM
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Originally Posted by amor fati View Post

Short bars = easier to squeeze through traffic, better for bar spins I would think.
So if your shoulders are 50cm and your bars are 40cm how does this help squeezing through traffic?
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Old 08-02-09, 12:14 PM
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Originally Posted by cavernmech View Post
So if your shoulders are 50cm and your bars are 40cm how does this help squeezing through traffic?
There actually is a good argument for this, and it's actually come in handy IRL. You can twist your shoulders through a narrow spot, duck under a mirror, etc. Your bars cannot.

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Old 08-02-09, 12:27 PM
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Originally Posted by Fugazi Dave View Post
There actually is a good argument for this, and it's actually come in handy IRL. You can twist your shoulders through a narrow spot, duck under a mirror, etc. Your bars cannot.

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and handlebars are typically right around the same level as side mirrors on cars.
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Old 08-02-09, 12:33 PM
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has anybody noticed yet that OP is a total troll? go look at all the other threads he's made.

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Old 08-02-09, 12:33 PM
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Also, gaps tend to be a little wider at shoulder height v.s. bar height.
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make them tiny, just enough to put your hands as close as possible to the stem.
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You should be able to wrap your middle and index finger around the bars. Anything longer is going to slow you down.
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Old 08-02-09, 01:30 PM
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cutting em? thats played out.


the new hotness is just grabbing the stem with no bars at all, wrap some leather around your hand, like a rodeo cowboy. steering? point your thumb in the direction you wanna go.

zero width. 100000 internet and style points. don't forget the cowboy shirt.

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Originally Posted by Dion Rides View Post
Forget the bars and just grip the stem. You'll save weight and bar spins are easier.

... FTW!!!
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1 cm
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but seriously cut them wider than you think you should, ride a little, cut off a little more until you have the look and feel you want. you can't make them longer but you can buy/scavenge new ones
i came here to post this
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