Re: [Classicrendezvous] GB bars


Date: Mon, 13 Nov 2000 13:27:35 -0500
From: Jerry Moos <moos@penn.com>
To: Monkeyman <monkey37@bluemarble.net>
CC: classicrendezvous@bikelist.org
Subject: Re: [Classicrendezvous] GB bars
References: <l03130300b635c7e9230f@[128.111.201.65]>


I have a pair of those which I fully intend to use on either a 1979 Holdsworth Team or a l980's Falcon, probably whichever gets built up first. I personally rarely worry about an item being "too valuable to use" unless it is NOS, and sometimes not even then. I also don't lose any sleep over using old alloy bars, the one exception being the infamous AVA bars found on late 60's/ early 70's PX-10s among other bikes. It is a very good idea to carefully inspect old bars for cracks before use. By doing so I found some nasty hairline cracks in a pair of the aforementioned AVAs, having been warned about these bars by posts here. It would probably be a good idea to untape old bars annually and inspect for cracks, though I must confess I don't personally do this unless the tape otherwise requires replacement or rewrapping.

Regards,

Jerry "most of my fatigue failures involve my body, not the bike" Moos

Monkeyman wrote:
> I was putting my Raleigh Lenton Gran Prix together for a nice classic rider
> and was going to put a GB bar and stem on the bike. I was looking at Dale's
> page later in the day and saw my bars
> <http://www.cyclesdeoro.com/GB_bars_1.htm>. Dale's page says, "The most
> sought after GB bar variation?", what is this bar? should it be used as
> barter fodder and not put on a "rider"? What should I do?
>
> While on the subject of bars do you folks on the list use old bars on your
> riders? I was thinking of aluminum fatigue and bar breakage on bars 10+
> years old and was thinking many of us are riding arould on "unsafe" bars.
> When I'm at work I recommend people replace their bars every 3-5 years but
> most of these people put 20000+ miles on these a year, I know some of you
> on the list put these many miles on your "classic" bikes. So I want to
> know what you do about bars? NOS, used, modern?
>
> enjoy,
> Brandon a.k.a. monkeyman
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