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Trimming Handlebars

Old 12-24-09, 08:53 PM
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Trimming Handlebars

Just got a new set of Soma bullhorns, but before I tape 'em up I want to chop off an inch or so off each end. ive never attempted to trim handlebars, where should i start?

i cant seem to find any helpful youtube videos :/
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Old 12-24-09, 08:57 PM
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measure an inch down, mark it, then cut away. I measured my old bull horns by eye and it couldn't be more perfect.
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Old 12-24-09, 08:59 PM
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Why do you want to cut them down? I would leave them as is and ride them for a while to decide if you really want to cut them down. Tape is cheaper than new bars.
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Old 12-24-09, 09:10 PM
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The bullhorns themselves are perfect, but when I ride they shoot out a little too much and actually cause my bars to be unstable. if i shorten 'em up a bit it keeps the same look but adds way more comfort
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Old 12-24-09, 09:33 PM
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A fine toothed metal hacksaw is what you need to cut it with. And it helps to measure twice and cut once.
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Old 12-24-09, 09:43 PM
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Originally Posted by Colin255 View Post
The bullhorns themselves are perfect, but when I ride they shoot out a little too much and actually cause my bars to be unstable.
... what?
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Old 12-24-09, 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted by JacoKierkegaard View Post
... what?
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Old 12-24-09, 10:42 PM
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You need a youtube video to know how to cut through an aluminum tube? You are dumber than a box full of rocks.
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Old 12-24-09, 10:46 PM
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I think he means it feels unstable when he uses the end of the bars?
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Old 12-24-09, 10:48 PM
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i bought a cheap set of pipe cutters at wal mart. I cut 2 sets of aluminum handlebars with them, then the 3rd pair i was cutting broke them. they make a good cut, just don't expect a cheap pair of pipe cutters to last.
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Originally Posted by dayvan cowboy View Post
i bought a cheap set of pipe cutters at wal mart. I cut 2 sets of aluminum handlebars with them, then the 3rd pair i was cutting broke them. they make a good cut, just don't expect a cheap pair of pipe cutters to last.
Wow, I love this fixed gear bandwagon. I'm seriously considering ditching the scene to get a carbon road bike.
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Old 12-24-09, 11:31 PM
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please do gtfo
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Originally Posted by spcialzdspksman View Post
I think he means it feels unstable when he uses the end of the bars?
Well, there's an easier solution to that: Don't put your hands there.

That's the short term fix. There are three options in the long run:

1. Learn to ride your bike.
2. Don't buy equipment that doesn't fit your needs.

And my personal favorite...

3. HTFU
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So when was Eternal September for fixed gears? Is this just going to get worse and worse?
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or get a shorter stem?
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Originally Posted by TX3.0 View Post
So when was Eternal September for fixed gears? Is this just going to get worse and worse?
i think once people forgot about the bmxers that huck off mall stairs into people walking past. i think once pegs on a fixed gear become commonplace, i will throw myself onto my sword. (i'm watching serenity right now)
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Old 12-25-09, 02:22 AM
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isn't is "measure once, cut twice?"
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Old 12-25-09, 08:20 AM
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Originally Posted by happypills View Post
A fine toothed metal hacksaw is what you need to cut it with. And it helps to measure twice and cut once.
1. A screw type automotive hose clamp makes a good saw guide for getting a nice, square cut.

2. It's easier to cut off a little more at a later time than it is to add metal back on. If you think that 1" will be perfect, try cutting 3/4" and ride it that way for awhile. Don't ask me how I came to know this is a good idea.
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Old 12-25-09, 09:21 AM
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Originally Posted by JacoKierkegaard View Post
Don't buy equipment that doesn't fit your needs.
What fun is that?

Besides, some of us, even us retro grouches, aren't afraid to try something new every now and then. Some of that new stuff works out the first time, some of it doesn't and has to be modified.

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I like this one. I've done it myself. It requires a lot of patience and extra limbs.
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Old 12-25-09, 08:39 PM
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Originally Posted by Ravuthpum View Post
I like this one. I've done it myself. It requires a lot of patience and extra limbs.
Put your bullhorns on the bike.

Grab the bars with your left hand so they don't move too much.

Use your right hand to cut off some of the bar with a hacksaw.

It might take a few minutes, but keep at it.


If you end up cutting off uneven amounts or the cut isn't straight, who cares. It adds character.
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Electrical tape is 3/4" wide, which is close to what you want. Wrap a piece around each end of the bar, aligned perfectly with the edges. Then, do the same thing again, wrapping a new piece (on each end) right along the first piece, so the edges of each piece of tape are touching, but not overlapping each other. Then, remove the first piece of tape on both ends, and use a hacksaw (with fine-tooth blade), and cut along the edge of the leftover pieces of tape, using them as a guide. I generally turn the bar over as I cut, scoring each side of it, and trying to keep the cut straight along the tape. If you just cut from one side w/o turning, you may end up angling the blade, and not getting a straight cut.

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