Bars - help!

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  • Hi all,

    Someone stole my handlebars this week. I have a lovely old steel specialized allez with a campag set. I've managed to source some 8-speed athena to replace the shifters, however I'm not sure what handlebars to get. Does anyone have any idea?


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  • Whereabouts are you? I think I've some Cinelli ones in the loft, that would likely fit your stem there, you could have for nothing - but I'm near Reading.

  • Wack! Did they also nick the stem?

    I would look for some 26.0 compact handle bars. The horizontal ramps provide a nice transition to the lever hoods, making them very comfortable. It also looks like the reach of your old bars might've been a little too much, judging by how the bars were slightly tilted upwards. If you get the same length stem, compact bars should solve this.

    Plenty of good 26.0 compact bar suggestions here. ProCraft Compact or Deda Piega if you want to go cheap and functional. Nitto M106NAS if you want some more bling.

  • oh that's very kind. I'm in London I'm afraid. I'd happily pay you for it (and postage)?

  • Luckily they left the stem. Thanks for the advice!

  • Luckily they left the stem.

    That means they removed one shifter and the bar tape first, and then took the bars out of the stem. That's so weird.

    Is the stem stuck in place perhaps?

  • They cut the cables and then just unscrewed where the stem meets the bars. It would have been done in seconds because I left for the shops and came back minutes later to find them gone.
    my stem has a clamp at the front with a screw

  • I've got some Sakae road bars you can have for free too. Should be 26mm I think

  • Hang on. That’s your bike in the pic with the stem your showed?

  • That is it - old photo

  • That’s not an easy job then. Reckon it’s what @Tijs said. They removed ones shifter first. Check your stem for any damage.

  • If you don’t get anything sorted this weekend I’m in town (Paddington and then N5) Monday week (24th) so would be happy to get them to you to save posting. Will have a look at what I’ve got. It’s for a 26 stem yes?

  • Here is what is left. Thanks all for your help and generosity

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  • I thought as much, that stem is fucked. Damned shame, and sorry about that.
    I might have spare shifters, but won’t be able to check till week after next sorry.

  • Sorry mate rubbish.

    I got some nittos m186s that I’m going to sell if any good. Love them but too wide for me. They’re 42cm

  • What scum bags to do that. Good luck.

  • thanks everyone - I've managed to get together bars and a new stem. Will be putting them on this week with the athena shifters. Cheers for the advice.

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Bars - help!

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