How To Raise Road Bike Handlebars

Your posture will be dictated by the position of your handlebars.Handlebars that are too low can make you uncomfortable.It is easy to raise your handlebars if you know what you are doing.First, you need to know if you have threaded or threadless handlebars.You can change your handlebars by using an Allen wrench.Raising your bike handlebars can be done quickly and easily if you follow the right steps.

Step 1: The spacers are below the stem.

The handlebars connect to the stem.If you have a threadless system, you should see plastic rings wrapped around the stem.You most likely have threaded handlebars if you don’t have these rings.There are additional screws on the back of the handlebars.If you don’t know what type you have, look for these.

Step 2: The handlebars have screws in them.

The pinch bolts on the backside of the handlebars keep your handlebars from rotating side to side.There are screws in the back of your handlebars.The screws should be turned counterclockwise to loosen them.The handlebars should move side-to-side if they are loose.The size Allen wrench you need is determined by the product details on the bike.4mm, 5mm and 6mm are the most common sizes of Allen wrench used on bikes.

Step 3: Remove the top cap and bolt from the handlebars.

If you want to remove the top bolt from the handlebars, you need to insert your key or Allen wrench into the bolt.The cap will come off when you remove the bolt.Spacers should be on the handlebars.Set the top bolt aside and remove the spacers from the handlebars.

Step 4: Remove the handlebars from the stem.

The handlebars should be taken off of the top stem after you remove the cap.The handlebars should be set aside.

Step 5: The handlebar stem should have more spacers on it.

Place the spacers on top of the handlebars.When you slide your handlebars back onto the stem, this will position them higher.If your steerer tube is too short, you may need to use a threadless stem raiser.You can raise it higher by attaching this to your stem.You may need to install longer cables and housing if you raise your handlebars too high.

Step 6: The handlebars are on the stem.

Stand behind your bike and place the wheel in the center of the handlebars.It will be awkward when you ride your bike if you don’t align them perfectly.As you move onto the next step, keep the bars straight.

Step 7: The handlebars have bolts on them.

The bars should be moved above the remaining spacers.Attach your key to the bolts on the back and top of the handlebars.If you can’t move your handlebars up, down, or side to side, tighten them.If you don’t like the new height of your handlebars, you can remove them and place fewer spacers below them.

Step 8: If your handlebars are threaded, look for screws and spacers.

Threaded handlebars have long stems that fit into the bike’s frame, whereas threadless handlebars will have bolts which attach the handlebars to the top of the handlebar stem.There are screws or plastic rings on the backside of the handlebars.You have threaded handlebars if you don’t have these.

Step 9: Take a measurement from the top of the stem to the bike frame.

Measure the length from the top of the handlebars to the frame using a tape measure.Write down the measurement on a piece of paper.If you don’t like how your handlebars feel after you raise them, this will help.

Step 10: Use an Allen wrench to loosen the bolt on the handlebars.

Hold onto your handlebars with one hand and use the other to turn the top bolt clockwise.Until the handlebars are loose enough to move up and down freely, turn the bolt 4-5 times.A 6mm Allen wrench is used for the top bolt.

Step 11: Lift your handlebars.

Lift the handlebars while rotating them left and right to loosen them.Make sure the bars are straight by standing in front of the bike.Once the handlebars are at the height that you want, line up the front wheel.There are markings on your handlebars that tell you how high to go.Your bike will be unsafe to ride if you raise them higher than these lines.

Step 12: The top bolt on your handlebars needs to be tightened.

If you want the handlebars to be straight, tighten the bolt on the top of them.The handlebars should be raised higher if you did everything right.If you don’t like the new height of your handlebars, adjust them until they feel comfortable.

Step 13: You should position your handlebars to be most comfortable.

It might be a sign that your handlebars are too low, and that you are stretching too much as you ride.If you want to experiment with different handlebar heights, sit on your bike and adjust the height.Pick the one that feels most comfortable to you.Your shoulders and core should feel relaxed in an ideal position.Your spine should be straight and you should lean forward at the hips.A neutral, relaxed, or aggressive posture can be created by your handlebar placement.Keep your handlebars level with your seat.If you want a relaxed posture, raise your handlebars.Lower your handlebars to get an aggressive posture.Most riders prefer a neutral or relaxed posture.

Step 14: For a casual stance, raise your handlebars.

Handlebars that are raised higher may be more comfortable for some people.It may be harder to turn your bike if you raise your handlebars too high.If your handlebars are too high, you won’t be able to lean forward and it can cause back pain.

Step 15: If you want to have a more aerodynamic posture, lower your handlebars.

Lower your handlebars if you want to ride your bike fast.Lowering the bars will help reduce wind resistance.Lower your handlebars if you want to gain a lot of speed.The handlebars are too low if you strain to reach them.