Any quick fixes for handlebar vibrations

Discussion in 'General Questions' started by spyke hyzer, Sep 3, 2008.

  1. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    I just got my bike going last week, I've got a Trek 4500 mtn bk with a ht 70 from powerking.I know these engines have alot of vibration and it would be better if I had a steel framed bike, but this is the set up I have now.

    My question is is there a cheap way to dampen the vibrations in the handlebars. I did a search and there was a product that was $30-60 . Does anybody have any experience on any products or home remedies.

    My bike's running good and I want to ride more but my hands get numb, the gel padded gloves only helped alittle.

  2. CalgarysFool

    CalgarysFool Member

    Motorcycles sometimes have bar end weights. I don't know if these can be adapted for bicycle bars.

    I've read a suggestion of filling the bars with lead shot or, alternatively, kiln dried sand. You'll want to seal it in, somehow. Silicone glue, perhaps?

    Hope that helps.

  3. Mountainman

    Mountainman Active Member

    yes - my fingers - hands have been suffering also

    haven't looked yet - but must be somewhere

    super large SOFT grips...

    I have been thinking about - buying some nice motorcycle grips - building up the size of my bars so as to fit - maybe epoxy for the solid connection of grip to bars - if those babies pull off while riding -- bye Mountainman
  4. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    I've heard of lead shot in the bars, I just wondered if anyone has tried it, and does it work?

    the product I saw in another thread was a roll of stuff you put inside your bars(if you don't have any obstructions) or a liquid that sets up in 4 hrs, but it's $30-60.

    I may go to cruiser style bars so I don't want to drop much coin on these bars if I 'm going to change them anyway
  5. CalgarysFool

    CalgarysFool Member

    My only concern with something that hardens up is that you've squandered your bars, if it doesn't work.

    With motorcycle bar ends, you can try different weights, presumably, til you get it right.

    I wonder if lead shot would be too heavy, but if so, maybe different sizes of shot might be tried, assuming that there would be variation in the weight. Maybe plug your bars with wine corks, temporarily, till you have best recipe, then glue it all in.
  6. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    The product I referred to above was Barsnake, their web site is
    Has anyone tried this?

    I guess I'll continue my research, maybe try some different bars
  7. Drunkskunk

    Drunkskunk Member

    I've heard of filling them with heavy weight oil. The only trick would be sealing the ends.
  8. CalgarysFool

    CalgarysFool Member

    Here's a link for Bar snake.

    One is an insert, and there is also a liquid product, in case the bars won't permit the regular snake.

    The website specifies inside bar diameter requirements, so get your tape measures out...

  9. JE

    JE Guest

    I use nice cushie Italian scooter grips and a good set of Motorcycle riding gloves.
  10. mountain80

    mountain80 Member

    I have used lead shot in my motorcycle handlebars, it made a noticable difference, didn't take 100% of it away but it was worth it. The smaller the diameter of shot the better as you can pack more in and it makes more contact with the bar.

  11. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    I think I'll try the lead shot, it should be alot cheaper than the bar snake.
    I also got a cruiser style bar to sit me more upright, mabe taking alot of weight off my arms and hands
    I'll give an update this weekend if the lead works or doesn't.

    thanks for all the responses, this forum has sure helped with my build

    thanks again
  12. CalgarysFool

    CalgarysFool Member

    I'll be eager to hear your update, cause it's likely to be the first thing I change on my bike...when it comes...maybe as early as today or tomorrow....fingers crossed...

    Maybe I should try lead shot in my desk, to cut down the vibration, from all the finger drumming...from me in anticipation of my bike arriving.

    .... .... .... ....

  13. dwsutton

    dwsutton Member

    Why wouldn't bb's work?
  14. spyke hyzer

    spyke hyzer New Member

    I got my cruiser bars on, it sure makes a difference in comfort not leaning over and having so much weight on the arms. The vibrations still there but not as bad or should I say noticable because of the sitting position.My hands weren't numb after about 15-20 miles last noc. I haven't tried the buck shot yet, I stopped by Cabela's but 5lbs was $33. BB's look more economical, I thought I'ld wait to see if the new bars helped first. I also wondered about the integrity of the bar with the weight of buck shot or BB's in there?
    I don't have a PC at home but I'll try to post some pics from my friends computer, I can't post pics from work

  15. HoughMade

    HoughMade Guest

    BBs weigh a whole lot less than lead and you would likely want to use shot smaller than BB size. Steel weighs about 72% of what lead does. Also, steel is a lot harder. Besides the lost density (weight), with BBs, there is plenty of room for thyem to move around and with their hardness, they could resonate themselves. Using the smallest shot possible, you will not have the spaces you would with BBs and with the softness of lead, it will not add to the resonation.