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Old September 4th, 2006, 5:16 PM   #1
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Default Augh! Handlebar died...

I was just downstairs changing the worn out handlebar grips on my mid-80's vintage Wicked, and when reinstalling the old school Syncros steerhorns (expander bolt version) I (SNAP) cracked the handlebar! There's a 1-inch crack going down the length of the bar from the end.

This is an old steel FAT Chance bar, and I insist on keeping the old school Syncros Steerhorns even though they are ultra heavy, because they are by far the best ergo bar ends I've had.

I need to replace the handlebar, so that I can cinch down the bar ends tight enough...but I'm afraid that lighter modern bars won't stand up to the pressure of the expander bolt. do I have any options?

Downhill bars? Even better, anybody have an old FAT city handlebar??

Thanks in advance for your help.
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Old September 5th, 2006, 7:37 AM   #2
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What about old skool Syncros bars? You might be able to find some.
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Old September 5th, 2006, 11:24 AM   #3
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I used to work for a framebuilder back in the day and what we used for bars was basic 4130 tubing that we bent ourselves. If you can't find anything else, you might go that route.
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Old September 7th, 2006, 11:52 AM   #4
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Thanks guys - I appreciate the suggestions. I'll be keeping an eye out on Ebay for a bit.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 10:09 AM   #5
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Default Aarh handlebars.

Hello, if the Bars are Steel could you get them repaired, any weld will be hidden by the handlebar grips.
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Old September 8th, 2006, 5:51 PM   #6
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If weight is not an issue...drill the end of the crack, measure the inside diameter of the bars, cut a steel plug extending 1" longer than the crack, press in place, then weld the crack and outside edge of the bar/plug. Should be all good, but alas, no more internal expander Syncros

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