How to Change the Handlebars on a Bicycle

How to Change the Handlebars on a Bicycle
Today's bicycle designs are often inspired by racing cyclists, but the fact is that this approach is often not helpful to the majority of riders who wish to enjoy riding their bike as a leisure or recreational outdoor activity. Many times the setup of a new bike needs to be altered to fit the new rider and allow him to match the bike to his needs and riding style. Handlebars are a key component that must be comfortable and matched to the rider, and they may need to be replaced with a more suitable set.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Step 1
Secure the bike in a repair stand or have a helper hold the bike firmly.
Step 2
Loosen the bolts for the brake and shift levers. Locate the bar clamp bolt. This is near the center of the handlebars, where the bars fit into the stem, which in turn fits into the steering tube. Insert a wrench into the fitting on the bar clamp bolt and turn it counterclockwise to loosen it.
Step 3
Take the brake and shift levers off of the handlebars and then remove the handlebars.
Step 4
Slide your new set of handlebars into place and put the brake and shift levers back onto them.
Step 5
Rotate the handlebars until they are at the angle that you prefer, and then tighten down the stem clamp bolt securely. Put the grips back on, and you are finished.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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