I love to teach my son how to ride and repair stuffs the old fashion way. Here I will share some of our cheap DIY projects and repairs. I will also share some of my experience as a biker and as a pro mechanic. I am not a mechanic anymore but I still do repairs but mostly for my own machineries and this is why I try to keep everything easy and cheap. I also don't race anymore but I still love riding up the mountains where there is little or no help and all I can rely on is my small tool pouch and my monkey repair skills to bring me home whenever my bike or my friends bike breaks down.

If you are a tech-wiz or some kind of high-tech repair guru who likes spending too much $$$s buying stuffs and spends most of your time at a coffee shop posing your best biker battle gear clown costume and talking how great a biker you are then THIS IS NOT FOR YOU... Here we seriously ride our bikes and we try to keep everything simple, easy and cheap. Most of what I will share here are intended for riders who usually break their bikes to peices and may not be needed by other bikers.

I will also be sharing some cheap ways how I repaired my cars and computers. And for laughs, I will also add some weird / funny / odd stuffs that I or we did that worked and didn't work. Sorry about this blog's style, set-up or whatever you may call it, I'm an old school biker and its easier for me wrenching cars and bikes than typing on my keyboard...

Saturday, May 15, 2010

Cheap Off-Road Handlebar Repair

If you have a handlebar like my bike in the photo (Trials, Motocross, Dirtbike), repair is possible. Most sport bikes like CBRs, ZZRs, FZRs, etc cannot be repaired easily because the holders are brittle. For bars that are similar to my bikes, 1st measure the center, take of the rubber grips off or cover them with leather or thick cloth, use a long pipe and fit it on one end of the bar. Get someone to hold your bike for you and start pumping. You can also detach the bar and clamp it on a vise so that things will be easier for you. Do it slowly because some cheap handle bars may break. You may not get the proper alignment at first but keep on trying. Do it slow and never over-do it. Remember to measure your handlebar as you proceed.

I always bring a two meter long steel pipe, a portable vise, and a big wooden hammer inside my van when I'm riding. I always bring a spare handlebar but these tools often comes handy. Sometime I use my big wooden mallet (10 kgs.) to hammer my bent handlebar when my long metal pipe can't do the work properly. I find a boulder and hammer it there. You can also find a tree with a big branch that is stronger than your handlebar but I prefer bending my handlebar using the big animal guard bumper on SUV's.

This is only a quick fix to get you back in the race but it is always best to change the handlebar if you have a spare.

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