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Old 08-13-09, 07:39 PM
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flat bar

why do people with fixed gears cut their bar short? should i too?
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Old 08-13-09, 07:47 PM
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you can weave through traffic easier, but don't cut it any shorter than 20"
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Old 08-13-09, 07:52 PM
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Originally Posted by Biffle View Post
you can weave through traffic easier, but don't cut it any shorter than 20"
Can you explain why? Curious...but I am sure it has something do to with functionality and safety?
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Old 08-13-09, 07:56 PM
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easier to squeeze between cars, less leverage for turning
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Old 08-13-09, 07:59 PM
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but whats the point of being able to fit through a gap your hips/shoulders/cranks cant?

its just another one of those things that are for "function," but became about fashion. cut em down, by all means, but dont go to the ******** lengths people have gone
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the only reason to have short flat bars is if you are biking in between automobiles fairly frequently.
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mine are pretty long but i dont go through traffic or anything, just a 4 miles to school and sometimes 3 miles to supermarkets, and every saturday, 15miles on a bike trail. its like 55cm? 60cm? NOT SURE but its longer than everyone else's on the Bike Porn thread.
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Old 08-13-09, 08:00 PM
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I find it helps with maneuverability. In my opinion it makes no sense to cut it any shorter than your shoulders or basic overall width (your ass). If you're saying it helps to get through traffic easier having it way shorter than your body is wide I think you're stupid.
But some people do it for looks, which on some bikes it looks ok.
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Old 08-13-09, 08:01 PM
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road bikes arn't spose to have huge MTB size handlebars. So 'we' cut them down.
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Good for traffic but if they're any shorter than your ass is wide, it's pointless (and somewhat uncomfortable).

edit: No-T beat me to it!
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^ That's just dumb.
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Old 08-13-09, 08:27 PM
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HAHAH thats sick
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your bars should be shoulder width, plus a cm or two, depending on taste.

A lot of hipsters are just weak little kids.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
^ That's just dumb.
Actually it isn't, that is what some people refer to as "Humor."
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thanks! when i asked my lbs about cutting it shorter they got pissed-ish at me and said it will cost ~$20 so i refused and i am going to do it alone, pipe cutter from home depot or kmart hacksaw? i am 15, and i cant afford too much.
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Old 08-13-09, 08:43 PM
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Originally Posted by machine View Post
but whats the point of being able to fit through a gap your hips/shoulders/cranks cant?
Maybe you don't cut through traffic that often so you are ignorant from a lack of experience, but it is useful to have your bars shorter in than your shoulders or cranks cause you lean hard when you cut traffic, and usually most of that leaning puts your bars further out than any other part of the bike.
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its just for looks I have ridden fixed bikes with short bars and there fine. I just got a Spacebar and loving t on the old GT MTB playbike!! Good luck. Also a jigsaw with a new wood blade will cut it just be carefull.
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20 bucks to cut bars is ridiculous. I used a hacksaw on my alloy risers and they came out perfect. Just go slow, make sure you measure well (cut one side, then use the discarded portion to mark the other side) and use a new blade. I filed the edges a bit as well to get rid of the sharp edge.

Start by cutting them to the width of your shoulders. You're most likely not going to be weaving in and out of urban traffic and riding with your arms straight is much more comfortable (to me, at least). You can always take more off if you decide to go shorter.
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Originally Posted by Scrodzilla View Post
^ That's just dumb.
its a joke. i dont event think that's a bar. its just an oury in a stem. hahahaha
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Thank you , now i have to just convince my mom to buy me a hacksaw
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Originally Posted by squeegeesunny View Post
Thank you , now i have to just convince my mom to buy me a hacksaw
If you have to buy a hacksaw, instead buy a pipe cutter.
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Yeah...I figured you already had a hacksaw.
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Naw man, Just moved to Jersey few months ago and my dads a salesman and my moms a house-mom. And my dads hobby is... playing golf so no hacksaw at our house :/
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Originally Posted by machine View Post
but whats the point of being able to fit through a gap your hips/shoulders/cranks cant?
Crank clearance has never been an issue for me, bar clearance has. You can twist your shoulders a bit to dodge a mirror or make a tight squeeze, but you can't do that with your bars without steering in a direction you probably don't want to be steering in.

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Naw man, Just moved to Jersey few months ago and my dads a salesman and my moms a house-mom. And my dads hobby is... playing golf so no hacksaw at our house :/
A hacksaw is cheap and won't ovalize the end of your bars the way a pipe cutter can. Make sure you get a hardened blade, though. You can probably borrow one from a neighbor, really. Lots of people have them around. Measure carefully from the ends of the bars with a ruler, wrap with masking tape, and mark it with a sharpie all the way around. This makes it easy to make a straight cut. After you've cut 'em, take off the tape and clean up the ends with a file.

~5 minutes to do it carefully and do a good job of it.

My bars are 36cm and after 3+ years of them, I still have yet to find bars that narrow to be uncomfortable. Granted, I'm a small guy, but still. Play with hand positions a while before you cut down your bars, though. You can always chop more off, but you can't put it back on.
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