Discussion in 'General Questions' started by hoser, May 25, 2011.

  1. hoser

    hoser New Member

    I am considering fabricating my own handlebars using copper pipe. Anyone have any experience or thoughts on this?

  2. Joaquin Suave

    Joaquin Suave New Member

    Copper tubing is not strong enough! Not only will it be costly mistake, it has the potential to be dangerous!

    If you have some unique design...I STRONGLY encourage you to go to a fabricator that has experience with bending, rolling, & TIG Welding Chromoly tubing.

    The potential for catastrophic (life ending) failure makes control components like bars, stems and forks not things to be taken casually
    Last edited: May 25, 2011
  3. skrew37

    skrew37 Member

    Take off hoser, don't be a knob, eh? (sorry Strange Brew reference) Anyway...unless you were able to line them with a smaller diameter steel pipe, it might not be a good idea. I think a highly polished set of copper handlebars would look sweet though. OR, you could mix up a large batch or JB weld and fill them with that. That would be heavy and probably cost as much as a solid copper bar. Maybe copper spray paint and a few coats of clearcoat?
  4. Wheres my dog

    Wheres my dog New Member

    I would go with the copper spray paint...

    Those copper handlebars are not strong enough and one good bump or pothole with your weight on those bars will snap one end of right at the stem!

    Safety first!!!
  5. hoser

    hoser New Member

    Thanks for the info. I didn't think it would work too well but ya never know. Had to find out. Better to ask questions than make mistakes.
  6. DougC

    DougC Guest

    What you want for handlebars is 4130 steel (cro-mo) structural tubing, in .063" or .080" wall thickness. This alloy is easy to braze and weld with all methods, you can bend it with an electrical conduit bender and it also doesn't lose stiffness from cold-bending as long as you don't kink the tube.

    You could probably use mild steel structural tube but you want it at least .080" wall thickness.

    Others may have used them, but I would not recommend copper pipe, electrical conduit, black iron pipe or any kind of aluminum.
  7. hammer5312

    hammer5312 Member

    My folks used copper pipe for a handrail in their house.....however it is 2-2.5 inch diameter and support in several locations....
  8. RedBaronX

    RedBaronX Member

    if you want something that looks more like actual copper than just painted steel or chro/mo tubing, you could try using copper foil--- find foil kits at craft stores or online. You're basically gluing micro-thin layers of copper to the surface and then use a heavy duty clear coat.

    As I was thinking out what graphic I wanted on my tank, I toyed with copper foil for part of it, but I decided against it because I wanted to go more simple.
  9. gothicguy64

    gothicguy64 Member

    just my two cents worth ....

    im a sheetmetal tradie

    have u thought of copper electro plating

    use sum steel then get it electro plated in copper