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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 4:22 pm 
Old School Hero
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Probably me being dim (default setting) but are there any issues with using 25 year old lightweight alloy handlebars?
They are 1989 saracen Ergal alloy off a kili flyer comp and quite rare so i would like to use them.
There are no outward signs of damage. i would hate to kill myself with them unnecessarily :)
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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 5:07 pm 
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Check carefully around the clamp area for any sign of cracking. If none, oyu should be OK. They were some bad ones around (particularly Marin) with external machining which became a source of cracking, but that was mid 90's.


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 14, 2013 9:32 pm 
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I think it can also depend if you yourself are "light" or "not light".
These bars were 15 years old UNO Kalloy. They had a bit of scoring around the stem clamp. When you look at the end of the tube it is amazing how thin the tube is. So I would look for any defects and then decide.


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:42 am 
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Thanks gents, the bars look new and im a lightweight so think i will risk it.

Steve


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PostPosted: Fri Feb 15, 2013 9:54 am 
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I certainly wouldn't use them if there were any stress risers around the stem clamp area - this applies whatever the age of the bars. If they look like new and are defect-free then it's probably safe to use them. I don't like really light aluminium bars though, although I have used them back in the day when I was younger and bothered about weight more than I do now.


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 12:33 am 
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i use 20 year old alloy bars without problems, and i'm .....ahem.....never last in a que at the buffet!..............just check for any signs before you fit them.......


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PostPosted: Sat Feb 16, 2013 7:40 am 
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When i was taking delivery of my new bike back in '96 the shop urged me to "make sure you replace the [alloy] handlebar every year". I'm still riding those same bars today - 16 years of regular use and still got my front teeth :lol:


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