What type of metal to use for hanlebars?

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  1. hoser

    hoser New Member

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    I am thinking of making my own handlebars out of copper tubing. I like the look of the copper. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on this?
     
  2. Skarrd

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    have a feeling that copper would be too soft of a metal.
     
  3. bairdco

    bairdco a guy who makes cool bikes

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    copper will definitely bend, and get crushed by the stem when you tighten it down.

    last thing you want when going 30+ is your handlebars breaking...

    if you really want the look of copper, you could get some regular bars copper plated.
     
  4. Lance Portnoff

    Lance Portnoff New Member

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    You want the type of metal the handlebar makers use or u will be buying the type of teeth the dentist make
     
  5. hoser

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    Thanks. I kind of figured that copper wouldn't work too well. I'll have to look into copper or bronze plating.
     
  6. AuNaturalTanner

    AuNaturalTanner New Member

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    I would suggest that you use a stock handle bars and plate then copper. See my post: in this section DIY Plating & Power Coat at Home!!!. You can also send it to a crome shop that does copper.

    :)
     
  7. fishguts

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    I sanded mine and painted them with copper paint. You can leave it bright or fog it with a little dark brown as I did to antique it. The metallic copper paints look like the real deal.

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