Tech Talks Presented by Park Tool is a monthly video series hosted by Park Tool's own wrench whisperer, Calvin Jones. The series covers the A to Zs of some of the most prevalent repair jobs, with the nineteenth episode looking at how to figure out your ideal handlebar width, and also how to cut down different kinds of handlebars.
Despite what it often looks like, wider isn't always better when it comes to handlebars. If you have slim shoulders, tightly treed trails, or just want to tune how your bike handles, it might be time to lop off some of that extra handlebar that's doing more harm than good. Here's how.
Handlebar Trimming 101
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Always best to rotate the thing being cut and go gradually rather than to saw through from one side, unless you have one of the saw guides as shown in this video.
Santa Cruz Palmdale grips add length to the bar end.
@vinay: Last time I stocked up, I could only find a couple of sellers on ebay (if that). They have an outboard clamp but it expands inside the bar using a bolt in the end, so you don't have that bulge that gets in the way if you like your hands to be almost hanging off the bar. It's the one thing Gee and I have in common, apart from shoulder knack.
: What you can't cut "carbon" with a "regular" hacksaw you "need" a special blade made for people with too much money and too little brains.
Last time I checked Carbon was just black fiberglass, and you can cut fiberglass with any hacksaw so hackaway.
What about cutting fluid for metal?
I've been cutting down forks and handlebars with this tool since the 80s. I've used the park tool Gizmo and prefer this hands down. A rat tail file and a flat bastard to finish the job.
Vice + masking tape = perfect cuts every time.
Step 1. Buy 800mm wide bars.
Step 2. Install.
Step 3. Ride