How do I know what size handlebars for my road 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 aero handlebars make a difference?

If the former, you can set up your handlebars a little higher so that you aren’t leaning too far down when in the areos. If speed over short distances, then drop the bars as much as you can and start working on that flexibility. But overall, yes they do make a difference, in feel, comfort (for good or bad) and speed.

How do I change the handlebars on my Trek bike?

Adjusting the angle of the handlebar on a direct connect stem

  1. Loosen the handlebar clamp bolt(s) on the stem just enough so the handlebar can be rotated in the stem.
  2. Position the handlebar to the desired angle, making sure it is centered in the stem.
  3. Tighten the bolts.

How do you measure handlebars?

How to Measure Your Handlebars

  1. The first step is to measure from the bottom of the bar to the highest point on the handlebar.
  2. Next, measure from the tip of the handlebar end to the opposite tip of the handlebar end.
  3. For the pullback, measure from the tip of your grip to the front the handlebar.

How do I know what width handlebars to buy?

The standard fitting advice is to get a handlebar as wide as the measurement between your AC joints. Those are the bumps atop your shoulders where the collarbone attaches just inboard of your deltoid muscle. But many riders prefer a handlebar slightly wider than their shoulders. A wide bar opens the chest.

How do you measure width of handlebars?

To find the right road handlebar width, simply have someone measure the distance between the two protruding points on front of your shoulders.

How do you measure handlebar size?

If you don’t have callipers then you can use a simple measure tape. Just wrap around the bar at the point you want to attach the Oi to get the circumference size and then divide by pi (…. mmm) to get your diameter e.g. 99.9mm / 𝜋 = 31.8mm. If you have no tape, then use a piece of paper (or string).

What is the correct handlebar height?

For a performance road position, the top of the handlebar should be about 5-6 cm below the mid-point of the saddle. 4. For a recreational road bike position, the top of the handlebar should be level with the mid-point of the saddle, or maybe a couple of centimetres below.

How do you measure a diameter?

If you know the radius of the circle, double it to get the diameter. The radius is the distance from the center of the circle to its edge. If the radius of the circle is 4 cm, then the diameter of the circle is 4 cm x 2, or 8 cm. If you know the circumference of the circle, divide it by π to get the diameter.

How do you measure the length of a stem?

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

How big is a Bontrager Aero handle bar?

On the subject of width, it’s worth noting that Bontrager measures its bars centre to centre rather than outside to outside, so this 42cm bar is actually 44cm in total.

How much time does a Bontrager round bar save?

Bontrager claim that they will save you “23 seconds per hour compared to traditional round bars”. This is a slightly vague claim and unfortunately not one that we can verify given that budget approval for the wind tunnel is has not yet been forthcoming.

How big is the VR-CF handlebar on a trek?

Take advantage of the shaped 6066-T6 aluminum and internal routing, and bring your ride’s aerodynamics to the next level. Variable Radius Compact Flare (VR-CF) bar shape offers greater comfort in all hand positions with a 93mm reach, 123mm drop, and 4° flare.

When to return a Bontrager aftermarket bike?

If for any reason you’re not satisfied with a Bontrager aftermarket purchase, return the item, along with the original sales receipt to the original place of purchase within 30 days for an exchange or refund. Think of it as a 30-day test ride.