I wanted to make some drop down handlebars(being inspired by olympics) for my brother. I didn't want to spend money so I just built it out of PVC pipe.

Step 1:

Things Needed:
Any length(can cut later) 1/2 pvc pipe
Heat gun or blow dryer

I went to Crafty Beaver and I got a 1/2 inch PVC pipe that was about 4 ft. It only costed like $1. 
I'm not trying to be mean, but these handlebars are extremely dangerous and should not be used under any circumstances. No amount of duct tape will make them any safer. <br>A drop style bicycle handlebar is a really interesting shape to go for when working on techniques for bending pvc, but pvc tubing is absolutely NOT the correct material to use to make a functioning handlebar. <br> <br>I'm not trying to burst your bubble or put you down. I just don't want to see anybody try to use these, break them and lose control of the bike and end up in traffic or something.
I agree with 1tri2god. It was a very good, creative effort, but I cringe at the thought of someone leaning on those handlebars when they snap. PVC tends to splinter into wicked, jagged plastic knives when it goes. <br> <br>If you were to wrap the handlebars with about 5 layers of duct tape, it would strengthen them a bit. They will still eventually break, but the tape will add a measure of protection and reduce your chance of serious injury. <br> <br>In the meantime, keep your eyes open for a discarded junker bike that you can salvage the handlebars off of, and keep on DIY'ing.
Thanks for letting me know. I haven't had much experience with PVC (I only built like a bow) in the past so thanks for the tip.
It is a very versatile building material, it just doesn't have a lot of tensile strength or resistance to impacts. It also tends to deteriorate with exposure to UV and/or sunlight. <br> <br>It is great for making bike racks, fishing pole racks, pet bed frames, etc. You can even make an upper-body exerciser out of a long length of pipe filled with varying amounts of water (best used outside, especially if the threaded end leaks).
Thanks for the tips! <br>Ill keep it in mind the next time I make some.
Quick tip, if you fill the pipe with sand before bending it, it will make better curves instead of folding
Congratulations on a great handlebar!! I would just warn you that a hollow pvc one such as this would not be able to hold any meaning full weight or stresses that normal riding would eventually induce.

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