The road bike bar and its stem are the main components that will have an impact on the comfort of the rider and the behavior of the bike.
The length of the stem will act on the responsiveness of the steering and on the stability of the road bike, the width of the road bike handlebar for optimal comfort must be chosen according to the width of the shoulders of the cyclist, the shape of the road bike bar will allow you to obtain positions of comfort or attack.
The biggest brands of road bike bar, stem and brakes :
The most famous road and stem bike handlebar manufacturers are Dedacciai, ITM, Ritchey or 3T, each of which offers models in aluminum or carbon and carbon stem combos.
The brands of road bike brakes can be generalists such as Campagnolo, Shimano or Sram or specialized such as Formula, Avid, Hayes, Promax or Magura which mainly offer hydraulic disc brakes.
Our choice of road bike bar, stem and brakes :
Many part numbers in used condition and new cleared are available in our store in limited quantities and at the best price for the renovation or improvement of old and recent racing bikes or modern road bikes.
Bars, road bike stems and brakes are parts that have a long lifespan when they are regularly maintained and they have not been subjected to shocks following a fall, for example. The components that we offer in used condition are cleaned and rigorously inspected before they are put on sale, their general condition is rated on a scale from 0 (for parts) to 10 (new part with packaging).
Components requiring regular replacement are also available, such as bar tape and hand rests.
<p>The <strong>road bike handlebar</strong> is formed by a tube which attache to a stem, which holds the <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/content/24-shimano-groupset-ranges">gears shifters</a> and which is covered with a bar tape for comfort.</p>
<p>The particularity of a <strong>road bike handlebar</strong>, unlike other practices, is that it can be held by the cyclist in several areas: from above for a raised position, by the shifters for an intermediate position and by the lower part for an aerodynamic position or in pursuit. With this last position, the grip and the force applicable to the brake levers are greater than for the other positions, and will therefore be preferred for descents.</p>
<h2>Compatibility and choice of road bike handlebar:</h2>
<p><br /><br /><br />A <strong>road bike handlebar</strong> can have a traditional, compact or ergonomic shape, different widths and different <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/44-road-bike-stem">stem</a> mount diameters are available.<br /><br />Choice criteria:</p>
<ul style="list-style-type: circle;">
<li>Type: monobloc with integrated or individual stem</li>
<li>width between axiss: 42, 44 or 46 centimeters</li>
<li><a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/content/19-how-to-choose-a-bike-stem">fixing diameter with stem</a>: 25.4 mm or 31.8 mm (oversize)</li>
<li>material: aluminum or carbon for weight gain and rigidity</li>
<p>Advice: the choice of width is an important criteria because if you use a <strong>road bike handlebar</strong> that does not correspond to your body type you risk having pain in the cervical region in the case of a model that is too wide, and your balance on the bike will be limited in the case of a too short version.</p>
<p>On some models of handlebars the passage of cables and sheaths of brakes and derailleurs is provided in hollow, this shape allows to obtain the same positioning of the sheaths on each side of the stem and a better grip of the handlebar after the assembly of the bar tape.</p>
<h2>Assembly, maintenance and replacement:</h2>
<p><br /><br /><br />The assembly of a road bike handlebar does not require specific tools, a set of <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/58-bike-tool-kit">btr keys</a> may be sufficent.<br /><br />This type of component does not require any particular follow-up except in the event of a fall, it will then be necessary to check that the <strong>road bike handlebar</strong> is not deformed or cracked, in the case of carbon, it will be necessary to remove the handlebar tape to check the completeness of the handlebar. In the event of a major defect (crack or deformation), it will have to be changed.</p>
<p>When tightening the stem and the levers on the <strong>road bike handlebar</strong>, it is necessary to respect the values of the tightening torques in order not to damage the bolted items and the handlebar.</p>
<p><br /><br /><br />All the components that can be assembled on a <strong>road bike handlebar</strong> are available in our shop such as handlebar tape, stems, levers, brake levers and tools from more than 350 brands in second hand condition or new cleared at the best price. Here are some examples of <strong>road bike handlebar</strong> brands: ITM <a href="http://www.dedacciaistrada.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dedacciai</a>, 3T, Modolo, Ritchey ...<br /><br />Advice: if your practice is regular in sport hiking or in competition, we recommend that you use a thick bar tape in order to partially dampen the vibrations coming from the contact between the <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/content/22-the-mavic-wheel-ranges-for-which-use-">road bike front wheel</a> and the ground.</p>
<p>The <strong>road bike stem</strong> is fixed between the handlebar and the fork tube. It is an essential component in steering and will have an impact on the position of the cyclist on his bike.</p>
<p><br /><br />A stem is a key component in the comfort, stability and responsiveness of your road bike. Indeed, a long stem will provide good handling, while a short stem will give you a lively direction.<br /><br />The characteristics of a road bicycle stem can be personalized so that your position on the bike corresponds to your body type: its length and angle are criteria that can be chosen.</p>
<p>A <strong>road bike stem</strong> can be aluminum or carbon which is a stiffer and lighter material.<br /><br />Here are some examples of brands specializing in the design and manufacture of <strong>road bike stem</strong>: Ritchey, <a href="https://www.3t.bike/en/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">3T</a>, <a href="http://www.dedacciaistrada.com/" target="_blank" rel="noopener">Dedacciai</a>, PRO, Specialized, Coda, ....</p>
<h2>Compatibility and assembly of a road bike stem :</h2>
<p><br /><br />Choosing a <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/content/19-how-to-choose-a-bike-stem">road bike stem</a> requires to identify the diameter of the clamping interface with the handlebar (25.4 mm or 31.8 mm) and the type of attachment to the fork tube. The models that tighten on the smooth fork tube will be standard headset diameter 25.4 mm or 28.6 mm, the versions that assemble in the fork tube are stem plungers, in this case the headset will be screwed on the fork tube.</p>
<p>There is no precise rule to determine the length and the angle of a <strong>road bike stem</strong>, it is necessary to test several configurations in order to find the best setting corresponding to your body type, however, in order to obtain the better comfort we recommend that the handlebar and the saddle are at the same level.<br /><br />Tip: we recommend that you respect the tightening torques of the items screwed when you will <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/content/21-cycle-2-work">assemble your road bike stem</a> because certain materials such as carbon can crack if the tightening force is too high.</p>
<h2>Maintenance of a road bike stem :</h2>
<p><br /><br />A stem is a component called peripheral which does not require maintenance operations, on the other hand we recommend that you regularly clean it with soapy water in order to remove the pollutants which can accumulate in the tightening heads of the screws. It is also necessary to check that there are no traces of rust on the threads and on the heads of the screws, a thin layer of grease on the screwed elements makes it possible to prevent the risks of oxidation.</p>
<p>Since a <strong>road bike stem</strong> is subjected to vibrations and strong mechanical stresses we advise you to regularly check the values of the tightening torques of the screws.</p>
<h2>Components for road bikes :</h2>
<p><br /><br />We offer a wide number of parts, accessories and tools among more than 350 brands available in stock at the best price in revised second hand condition or new cleared.<br /><br />You will find in our shop a wide choice of <strong>road bike stem</strong>, of all length, angle, material, type or diameter of fixing.</p>
<p>The braking system of a road bike can be with rim pads or hydraulic disc, it is a safety item so that requires special attention.</p>
<h2>Use of a road bike brake :</h2>
<p><br />For many years the <strong>road bike brake</strong> consisted of a caliper actuated by a cable from a <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/br-351-extra-">brake lever</a> and pads designed to come into contact with the brake bands of the rims. In recent years, disc brakes have appeared, their calipers can be activated by cable or by hydraulic control, this braking system is assembled on very recent road bikes and intended for <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/content/20-uci-world-championship-2020">experienced cyclists and competitors</a>.</p>
<p>Each system has its advantages and disadvantages, in fact the traditional assembly is lighter than a disc system, on the other hand it will be less progressive and less effective on carbon rims even if the composition of the brake pads improves for this material. A brake caliper with pads will also tend to wear the rims, if they are made of carbon, this will be even more true in particular in the rain, dust will tend to abrade the braking bands; the pads can also come into contact with the rim if it is warped.</p>
<h2>Compatibility of a road bike brake :</h2>
<p><br /><br />The mounting system provided on the fork and on the frame of your road bike determines the type of brake to choose. A brake caliper with pads is fixed by a threaded rod while a disc brake caliper is held by two screws. In addition, the wheel hubs are fitted with six tapped holes or a <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/content/24-shimano-groupset-ranges">center lock nut (shimano standard)</a> for fixing the disc.</p>
<p>The use of carbon rims with a brake for road bike with pads requires the use of pads specific to this type of material.<br /><br />For disc braking it is possible to choose its diameter, the larger it will be the more efficient it will be because its cooling will be effective, however it will be needed to provide for the use of an adapter between the caliper and its attachment to the frame or the fork.<br /><br />Advices: it is necessary to choose brake pads whose material is compatible with the disc indeed there are <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/fr/br-176-brake-authority">pads metallic</a>, semi-metallic or resin.</p>
<h2>Maintenance of a road bike brake :</h2>
<p><br />A regular cleaning with soapy water without pressure and visual inspection of the brake pads, brake bands, cables, pads, discs and hoses is needed in order to check the state of wear of these items but also possible leaks on a hydraulic system. The values of the tightening torques of each screwed element must also be checked periodically.</p>
<h2>Components for road bike brake :</h2>
<p><br /><br /><br />We offer a wide number of parts and accessories in used condition or new cleared at the best price for all levels of use. You will find in our shop a wide choice of brake pads, discs, pads, caliper, screws, cables and hydraulic system for road bikes from the biggest brands such as <a href="https://www.sl-sport-equipments.com/gb/br-29-campagnolo">road bike brakes Campagnolo</a>, Shimano, <a href="https://www.sram.com/en/sram">Sram</a>, <a href="https://hayesbicycle.com/">Hayes</a>, Avid, ...</p>
<p>The <strong>bar tape</strong> and the brakes hoods of a road bike are key items for comfort and aesthetics.</p>
<h2>1 / Function of a bar tape and brakes hoods on a road bike:</h2>
<p>The <strong>bar tape</strong> is stuck on the handlebar of the road bike, it improves the comfort, the grip and the holding of the direction by the cyclist. This item also allows you to customize the aesthetics of your bike.</p>
<p>The brakes hoods are elastomer supports fixed to the gear levers or the brake housings. Since the cyclist has his hands permanently on these items, they are ergonomically shaped and thick to absorb shocks. The brakes hoods are specific to each brand and each model of shifter and brake levers.</p>
<p>Manufacturers of drivetraubs offer replacement brakes hoods for the models they manufacture, but they do not offer a choice of colors or materials. Accessories brands such as Hüdz or Dia Compe have designed versions compatible with the biggest brands and models available on the market in different colors and materials.</p>
<p>There are many manufacturers of bar tapes such as Velox, Cinelli, No Contest, 4ZA, Brooks or BRN that offer models in cotton, cork or elastomer in a multitude of colors of textures corresponding to a use or type of racing, road, vintage, vintage or single speed bike.</p>
<h2>2 / Accessories in addition to a bar tape and brakes hoods :</h2>
<p>To complete its bar tape and brake hoods, it is possible to add silicone inserts glued to the top of the handlebar under the bar tape to improve comfort in specific areas.</p>
<p>To seal the handlebar tube on which the bar tape will be glued, there are plastic covers that can be screwed on for better support or in cork for an old look.</p>