How do I know what size handlebars to get my bike?

The rule of thumb when selecting the correct handlebar width is to measure the distance between the two bony bits on your shoulders – in more scientific terms the distance between your two acromioclavicular (AC) joints. This measurement gives you a baseline – if it’s 38cm, look for 38cm bars – and so on.

Do all handlebars fit all bikes?

– Yes, they are interchangeable, but the process is not simple. There are dozens of handlebar types to suit different rider needs, leverage on the bicycle, and diameter measurements will vary for each. The standard handlebar diameter is 25.4mm on mountain bikes, often upwards of 30mm+ on road bars and cruisers.

How wide should my bike handlebars be?

Stem length also comes into play; typically, the longer your stem, the narrower you may want your bar width. This helps your body stay centered over the bike. If you’re running a stem that is 50 mm or less I’d suggest a 760 mm to 800 mm bar. If your stem is over 50mm, I’d start looking at bars less than 760mm wide.

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Are all bike handlebars the same diameter?

There are only two current standard sizes: Flat bars have a 22.2 mm (7/8″) grip area diameter. Road (“drop”) bars have a 23.8 mm (15/16″) grip area diameter.

What is a drop bar on a bike?

Drop bars are designed to offer you at least three different hand positions when riding your bike. You can ride on the bars, on the hoods, or in the drops. When riding on the hoods and in the drops your arms and hands are in their most natural position.

Can you raise handlebars on a bike?

The first and easiest way to adjust handlebar height is by moving headset spacers. Headset spacers sit on the fork’s steerer tube and help pre-load the headset bearings during adjustment. Generally, most bikes have 20 to 30mm of headset spacers that can be moved freely above or below the stem.

What width drop bars do I need?

Bars level with or lower than your saddle: Go with the width of your acromion processes. So if you are 140 lbs, not muscle bound and not heavy set, and your width measures to 42cm, get a 42cm bar. If you are beefier, get a 44. When you are stuck between sizes of bars, size up to the nearest bar width.

Are my handlebars too wide?

Think of wider handlebars as having power steering for your car. If the bars are too wide, your body position on the bike may be compromised, and you are also at a much higher risk to tag your hands on trees passing by. Handlebar widths for enduro bikes are somewhere in between the two.

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Why are mountain bike handlebars so wide?

Mountain bikes have wider handlebars because the wider the riders grip is on the handlebars, the easier it is to transfer input from the hands to the wheel. It takes much less power to move a wider handlebar, but at the same time, you have to move the handlebars a lot more to make it go in a certain direction.

Are all bike grips the same size?

No. Though the internal diameter dimension has been standardized to fit just about any mountain bike handlebar (22mm being the current standard), grips come in a number of different lengths and outer diameters in order to give a more custom fit tailored for the riders preference.

How are bike stems measured?

Stem length is measured from the middle of the headset stem cap bolt to the middle of the handlebar.

How do you measure rise on handlebars?

Rise: Your bars’ rise is measured from the knurled area in the centre of the bottom part of your bars (where the bars clamp into the stem) up to the highest part of the bar ends.

Why do gravel bikes have drop bars?

This is the most common non-standard shape of drop handlebar. The drops flare out wider than the hoods, sometimes subtly and sometimes extremely. The idea is that it gives a wider, more stable position when descending technical unpaved sections and gives more room for bar bags.

Are drop bars faster?

The main purpose of a drop bar is to provide more aerodynamics to increase the speed. When a rider leans forward and goes lower on a drop bar, there is less resistance, and hence it allows the rider to go much faster with less effort.

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