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Offline Red01

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Handlebar Vibrations
« on: March 12, 2005, 02:09:55 AM »
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 0:58 am    
Post subject: handlebar vibrations

I just changed handlebars on my b6. The handlebars I had on had a bar snake in them. Before trying to remove the bar snake and put in the new, lower handlebars, I decided to try a trick I saw mentioned in one of the bike mags. I removed one of the bar ends, leaned the bike over on it's side and filled up the handlebar with #8 lead shot. I got less buzz in the grips with the lead shot than i did with the bar snake. In fairness to the bar snake, the new handlebars are a little lower than the old ones, so in theory, the new ones shouldn't vibrate as badly. the vibrations that do come through seem to be at a lower frequency than before. I spilled some shot while pouring it so I'm not sure exactly how much I used but it was less than 5lbs., probably a little under 4. Lead shot generally comes in 25lb. bags and it cost me less than $20. For that, you can do several handlebars. If you don't like the results, take a bar end off and lean the bike over. Gravity will take care of the rest. I didn't notice any change in handling from the extra weight but I don't really ride it that hard.
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 15:37 pm

Hi Flip,

I filled my B12 bars with regular copper BBs - same effect. The bars are much more comfortable. I can't compare them to a bar snake but am glad that you could. Thanks!
Marc/99 B12
Posted: Sat Jan 01, 2005 16:05 pm

Thanks for sharing yourt comparison! :clap:

I'll move this into the General FAQ since it should apply to any bike with tubular bars.
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