There are many reasons why you would want to modify the handlebars of your mountain bike. It may be that you want to increase comfort, visibility, bike performance, decrease injury or accommodating growing children. Whatever your reasons, the following article on how to raise handle bars on a mountain bike will hopefully assist you in doing so correctly.
One of the most important safety considerations when modifying your mountain bike’s handlebar placement is its weight distribution. It is important to make sure that the weight is evenly distributed between the front wheels and the rear wheels. If you can do this without much difficulty, then you’ve taken some pretty good care of your bike.
One of the best ways to check your bike for proper handling is to take the handlebar adjustments out for a test drive. It is best to go on the back roads of your area and try out all the traffic patterns and bends that might be unfamiliar to you. This will give you an idea as to how you handle your bike. You will also find that this test drive will allow you to get comfortable with the bike’s handling position and make sure that it feels comfortable to you.
Once you’ve decided that you’re ready to make your new handlebar changes, you will need to take out all your tools, which you’ll need for the job, like an adjustable wrench to your car jack and some basic tools like the screwdriver and the drill. You’ll also need to purchase a set of handlebar clamps, as well as a pair of motorcycle gloves and a helmet. Make sure that you have a good plan for how you’re going to transport your bike while you’re changing the handlebar positions. Some handlebar clamps are available from many specialty stores, while others can be bought at online retailers like Amazon.
Before you start, make sure that your bike isn’t running and that your battery is fully charged. After doing this, you can start by removing all of the hardware including the tires, chain tensioner and the brake cables on both wheels.
You can use these screws to secure the new handlebar clamp to the frame. Now, you’ll need to attach the bar clamp to the mounting bracket, making sure that it is securely in place, but not too tightly. Most of the time, this should be done using one of the four Allen keys provided with the clamp. Make sure that you tighten the clamp enough to ensure that it doesn’t come loose.
Now, remove any hardware on the handlebar and make sure that the new clamp is secure. If necessary, you can repeat the process to secure the clamp onto the frame before putting on your new handlebar clamp, if needed. Now it is time to put the tires on your bike. It is always helpful to check to make sure that your tires are properly inflated.
If you find that the tires are too big, then it’s a good idea to tighten them up before you tighten the clamp to the frame and tighten them down to the frame itself. The nuts that hold the tire to the rim of the bike also need to be tightened down.
Now, make sure that your tires are snugged up against the rim and that they are securely in place. If they aren’t, or if they’re getting in the way of the handles, you might want to consider lowering the tires first.
Next, you will need to take a wrench to the brakes. To do this, you need to remove all of the screws that attach the calipers to the rotors and make sure that you don’t miss any. Also, you will need to replace all of the brake pads. and replace all of the brake fluid hoses.
Now, reinstall the handlebar clamp and tighten everything up. It is also a good idea to make sure that you don’t slip the handlebar clamp while you’re putting your wheels back on your bike.