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PVC Bike Handlebar

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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.
 
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Step 1:

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




I went to Crafty Beaver and I got a 1/2 inch PVC pipe that was about 4 ft. It only costed like $1. 

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You have to then get a picture of what the handlebars look like maybe online so you know what you want it to be. You have to figure out how your hands will be on it and then make a mark where your hand fits right. Then you have to get a heat gun(or blow dryer) and heat it up right below and on the black line and then fold it down as shown in the picture. After, start going down the folded piece and bend it to your desired shape.(Note: Doing a little at a time going section by section works best so that the PVC just doesn't totally fold in.)

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Once you have it curved all the way it should look a little like this:

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You then have to measure how long you want the handlebars to be on you bike and then you figure out how your handles will be one the other side. You can easily cut off extra pieces.((Sorry, the pic shows me cutting the handle but you can do that also if it's too long.

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Then you have to do the heating and bending to the handlebar just like you did to the first one. The ones below aren't perfect but they should look a little like this.( If the PVC starts to fold you can press it against a table or something to make it flatter.
Hewer1 year ago
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.
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.

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.

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.

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.
elancaster (author)  CatTrampoline1 year ago
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.

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).
elancaster (author) 1 year ago
Thanks for the tips!
Ill keep it in mind the next time I make some.
Logan D1 year ago
Quick tip, if you fill the pipe with sand before bending it, it will make better curves instead of folding
1tri2god1 year ago
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.