How to adjust handlebars

How to adjust handlebars

If you’re experiencing numbness or pain in your hands or wrists, a simple adjustment of your handlebars could be the solution. Bike handlebars often aren’t properly adjusted for optimal handling when they come off the shelf. Luckily, handlebars are simple to adjust using an Allen wrench. All Trek road and mountain bikes use Bontrager stems and handlebars, which use standard-size bolts, and are easy to adjust. You’ll need to be patient when adjusting your bars, but getting it just right will make your Trek bicycle much more enjoyable to ride.

Adjusting Handlebar Tilt

Loosen the stem bolts holding the stem faceplate where the stem meets the handlebar. These bolts almost always use a 5 mm Allen wrench, but some stems on older Trek bicycles may use a 4 mm or 6 mm wrench. Bontrager stems come in two-bolt and four-bolt types; loosen each bolt evenly using the appropriate Allen wrench until the faceplate comes away and the bars hang loosely by the brake and shifter cables.

Replace the handlebar and re-tighten the stem bolts on the faceplate. Once you have the stem bolts in place, tighten them until the faceplate is just barely flush with the handlebars. Then, check that the handlebars are centered and adjust tilt until the brakes and shifters are at a comfortable orientation.

Tighten the stem bolts evenly. Using the torque wrench, tighten each bolt a little bit at a time, keeping the thin space between the stem faceplate and the stem as even as possible. Tighten each bolt to the manufacturer’s recommended torque, usually between 4 and 8 nm, making sure to keep the faceplate even.

Adjusting Handlebar Height

Loosen the clamp bolts where the stem meets the steerer tube. Bontrager stems usually use 5 mm Allen wrenches, but can sometimes use 4 mm or 6 mm Allen wrenches.

Use a 5 mm Allen wrench to loosen the top cap at the top of the stem. The top cap shouldn’t be very tight. Once you remove the bolt and cap, you’ll see the star nut inside the steering tube.

Rearrange the stem and the spacers until the desired height is reached. Don’t move the headset bearing cover. Once you have the desired number of spacers between the stem and the headset, place spacers on the remaining steering tube until the top spacer extends 3 mm to 5 mm above the top of the steering tube.

Tighten the top cap. Too tight, and you’ll have trouble steering. Not tight enough, and you’ll feel rattling and vibration in your headset. Tighten it until it is just barely snug.

Align the handlebars with the front wheel. Straddling the bike can make it easier to judge how the handlebars and front wheel line up. Once you have them aligned, use the torque wrench to carefully tighten the stem clamp bolts evenly to the manufacturer’s recommended torque, usually between 5 to 8 nm.

Keep both wheels planted on the ground during handlebar adjustments to prevent the fork from sliding during height adjustments.


If you’re raising your fork, be sure that your brake and shifter cables are long enough to compensate for the increase in distance. Always be sure all of your stem bolts are properly tightened before riding anywhere; a loose bolt in the stem can cause your handlebars to loosen, potentially causing a crash.

If you’re using a carbon fiber handlebar or steerer tube, be extra careful to use the manufacturer’s recommended torque.

You can find this tutorial on your Bike touchscreen in a series of videos called Peloton 101. This is a series of videos that outline how to adjust your Bike for a more comfortable ride. To find it, log in to your Peloton account and tap on the three bar settings icon in the bottom right-hand side of your home screen. Select ‘Peloton 101’ and press the play button.

Adjusting your seat position

When setting your seat position, you’ll need to adjust both the height and depth to ensure a comfortable ride. To adjust your seat height, turn the lever below the seat to the left. Move the seat to your desired height – if you are adjusting your seat for the first time, we recommend that you set your seat height to be aligned with your hip bone when standing next to the Bike. When you have your desired height, tighten by turning the lever to the right. If the lever is sticking out at an angle, simply pull the lever out and let it drop down to the 6 o’clock position so it is out of the way.

Next, set your seat depth. Loosen the lever below your seat by turning it to the left. If the lever bumps into your weights, simply pull the lever out and down. Slide the seat into the desired position, then tighten the lever to hold in place.

If this is your first time adjusting your seat depth, we recommend starting with the seat placed in the center. You can also determine a starting seat depth by placing your elbow on the nose of the seat, then pushing the seat forward until your fingertips touch the handlebars. Once you’ve taken a few rides, you can always adjust your settings for comfort.

Adjusting your handlebar height

Your handlebar height can also be adjusted to allow for a perfect fit.

To adjust your handlebars, first loosen the lever on the front of the Bike. Standing in front of the seat, place your forearms underneath the handlebars, gently lift them up, hold them into place, and tighten the lever.

If this is your first time adjusting your handlebar height, we recommend you start out by setting the bars at their highest level and then reducing the height until they are comfortable. Once you’ve taken a few rides, you can always adjust your settings for comfort.

Confirming your Bike setup

It’s important to ride the Bike after making adjustments to confirm that your seat height, seat depth, and handlebar height are positioned correctly for your comfort.

Start by clipping into your Bike. With your hands on the bar in riding position, bring your right foot to the 6 o’clock position. Your knee should have a slight bend. If you don’t have a bend in your knee, lower your seat. If you have too big of a bend in your knee, raise your seat.

Next, confirm that your seat is at the right depth. Place your foot in the 3 o’clock position. In this position, your knee should lie above the ball of your foot. If your knee is behind the ball of your foot, move your seat forward. If your knee is ahead of your foot, move your seat back. It may help to have a friend or family member confirm the positioning of your knee.

From here, you can begin to pedal. You should be able to comfortably pedal without your hips rocking, your knees locking out, or toes dropping down through the bottom of the pedal stroke. If you feel like your legs are reaching then lower your seat. If your knees are going out to the sides then raise your seat. If you notice your hips are rocking it’s likely that your seat is too high. Try lowering your seat a little at a time until you are no longer rocking as you pedal.

Now that your seat height is set, it’s time to confirm your handlebar position. You want to make sure your hands can rest comfortably at the bottom of the handlebars while allowing for a slight bend in your arms. If you feel like you are reaching or straining, try raising your handlebars. Feel free to modify your handlebar height position to accommodate any unique physical needs or limitations.

Avoid stress and pain at your next indoor cycling session by making sure you’re fitted properly to your bike.

Indoor cycling classes are great—the music, the intense instructors, the burn. Not so great? Your sore tush after class.

You can blame it on the poorly padded seat all you want, but the truth is you probably aren’t fitting the bike to your body properly. While instructors are there to help you set up the bike at first, it can be nerve-racking when you only have five minutes until the music starts and you can’t figure out how to move the handlebars.

Off Road Cycling instructors and co-owners Tammar Berger and Tali Wenger are here to help. At their free Off Road 101 intro class, they go through step-by-step instructions of how to properly set up a bike. Check out their instructions below, and ride pain-free at your next cycle sesh.

How to adjust handlebars

1) Check seat height: The top of the seat should be in line with your hipbone. Place your thumb on top of your hipbone and make sure your palm lies flat on top of the bike seat. (Hint: Remember your exact seat height as measured on the bike for next time.)

How to adjust handlebars

2) Strap in: If you’re wearing sneakers and the pedals provide cages, slip in your foot—but not all the way in. You want to be on the balls of your feet.

How to adjust handlebars

3 and 4) Pedal: While your feet are strapped in, pedal so one of your legs is at the 6 o’clock position. You do not want the leg full extended—there should be a 25-to-35-degree bend at your knee. Then, take your foot out of the cage and put your heel on the pedal. This time, while leg is in the 6 o’clock position, you should have full leg extension.

How to adjust handlebars

5) Adjust the handlebars: You’ll either have to pull the handlebars closer to the bike seat or farther away (or, the bike seat closer to or farther from to the handlebars). A general rule of thumb is the space between should measure from your elbow to a loose fist.

How to adjust handlebars

6) Get back on the bike: Make sure your arms are slightly bent while holding the handlebars in second position.

Luckily, all you really need is an Allen key, some spacers, and 5-10 minutes to get your headset perfectly adjusted. Know that threadless headsets can be adjusted very much. To keep bikes from unnecessary weight, many stems (the connecting, L-shaped piece between your bars and bike) do not have a lot of excess room.

How can I increase the height of my handlebars?

To adjust your handlebars, loosen the stem cap before using an Allen Key to take off the bolts on either side of the stem. Then, pull the stem off of the bike frame and lay the handlebars on a table or chair to avoid damaging the brake and gear cables. To increase or decrease the height, add or remove circular risers as required.

How do you lower the handlebars on a headset?

Add or remove the circular risers to bring the handlebars to the desired height. These spacers are all you have to adjust the height on threadless headsets. They are small rings that you add to gain height and remove to lower the bars.

What do handlebar risers do on a motorcycle?

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What’s the best way to raise handlebars on a bike?

They are usually below the seat 2-4″. Comfort riders or beginners will have handlebars level with the seat or higher. Loosen the stem cap, the bolt pointing up where the stem meets the bike. Take an Allen key and remove the bolt on the stem cap. This bolt keeps the handlebars on the bike, and you need to remove it to raise or lower your bars.

How can I get my handlebars level with the seat?

Comfort riders or beginners will have handlebars level with the seat or higher. Loosen the stem cap, the bolt pointing up where the stem meets the bike. Take an Allen key and remove the bolt on the stem cap.

What should I do if my handlebars are out of alignment?

My handlebars were slightly out of whack after my bike went over last week. It’s fairly easy to rectify though – you just need to loosen the lower yokes and manhandle the bars back into alignment. Some say you can just pump them up and down but mine needed a little more persuasion. Loading…

How can I straighten my handlebars on my motorcycle?

It’s fairly easy to rectify though – you just need to loosen the lower yokes and manhandle the bars back into alignment. Some say you can just pump them up and down but mine needed a little more persuasion. Loading…

Last week I went out bike shopping for my daughter. She’s tall, but not quite fully grown. In the course of trying to find a great deal on a kid’s bike I came across a beautiful bike for her, a Marin Lucas Valley. The price was right and I knew it would be good for her in the long run as she grew into it. The only problem was that it was just a bit too “long” for her. She felt stretched out and the flat handlebars were a different experience from her previous hybrid/comfort bike. So what to do? The answer was to install an adjustable stem, which would solve the only aspect of this bike that wasn’t ideal for her.

Bike Stems

Your stem is the part of the bike that attaches the handlebars to the fork. It's a key part of your steering, and what channels your action on the handlebars into the front wheel being pointed in the direction you want to go.

The size of a stem varies between bikes of course but in general, it's usually about as long as the width of your hand. A small adjustment in the stem length can make a big difference in the way things feel. Just 10-20 mm difference in length can have a significant impact on a rider—whether one feels overly stretched out, or tucked in nice and comfortable. Most of the time, you can only accomplish this change by swapping out the stem completely.

Adjustable Stems

Any easy solution to the problem that my daughter had with improper handlebar fit (beyond what you can do with normal bike adjustments to make it fit you better) can be found in swapping out your current stem for one that is adjustable.

Like its name implies, an adjustable stem can be modified in a way that brings your handlebars up and down as well as forward and back. This is accomplished with a two-piece design allowing the stem to bend in the middle, with a bolt fastener that clamps down to hold it in the preferred position.

Note there are two main styles of stems—the newer style called a threadless stem and the older version called a threaded or quill stem. What we're describing here applies to a threadless stem only.

Modifying Handlebar Height and Length

By bringing up the adjustable stem, the natural result is that it raises the overall handlebar height while bringing in the overall length as well. A person sits more upright and not so stretched out—in a way that is more comfortable for many riders. With the new stem, my girl can sit more upright, not hunched over and stretching forward to reach the handlebars.

Maintaining Fit Over Time

Another thing that this offers is the ability to modify the current bike over time to account for a kid who is still growing. What’s nice is that as she gets taller, I know that over time I’ll be able to use the adjustable stem to refit the bike to her changing body. What she has trouble reaching now may be no problem in a couple years so I can adjust the stem to take the handlebars back down lower and a bit further away from her. That’ll eliminate any crowding and help keep the bike fit to her in a way that is both ideal for comfort and riding style.

Easy Modifications

An adjustable stem can be modified literally in seconds, in most cases with a plain 'ol Allen wrench. Though you might not be the kind of person to make these constant modifications to your bike, there are those who'll dig this type of easy customization.

Consider a situation where you’re going to go on a relatively short but pretty intense ride with somebody you know really likes to spin the pedals and go fast. You take your handlebars down to give you a sleek, more aerodynamic stance on the bike. Or, maybe you’re going out with a friend on a leisurely afternoon ride that’ll take 2-3 hours. You can then simply bring the handlebars up so you are sitting more upright and relaxed. Seriously, it’s about a ​30-second adjustment.

Bike Sharing Made Easier

From time to time, I’ll have friends come visit from out of town who want to find a way to go riding when they travel. An adjustable stem can make the difference in typical frame sizes a lot easier to manage. I’m tall, so in many cases just bringing the handlebars up and back makes my big bikes still workable for shorter friends. In fact, between that and adjusting the seat height as needed, frequently a person can safely and comfortably ride a bike that may be a couple frame sizes different than what they’d normally select, especially if it is a smaller person riding a larger bike.

I'm not saying two roommates sharing one bike would love this constant adjusting, but it can make the occasional loaner use very much possible and easy.

How to adjust handlebars

Whether you ride a road bike, mountain bike, BMX bike or recumbent bike, the wear and tear on the different parts is bound to create problems in the performance of your bicycle. To keep your bike in top condition, and to keep you safe, one task you should know is how to tighten bike handlebars.

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How to Tighten Bike Handlebars

If you've ever been on a bike with loose handlebars, then you know how unnerving it feels to not be in control, especially when you're accelerating downhill. That's because the handlebars enable you to steer the bike, and when they are not properly secure, you need to act quickly.

Sometimes you will notice a rattling noise when the headset bolts loosen over time. When this happens, you may notice wobbly steering. An easy way to check this, according to REI, is to engage the front brake and rock the bike front to back. While doing this, notice if there is a clunking or rattle to the handlebars. If there is, you may need to tighten the bike handlebars.

To do this, loosen the two horizontal pinch bolts on the stem with a hex wrench. After these are loosened, it's time to tighten the headset cap bolt. This may take a few tries before you get the right tension. But once you do, you'll want to retighten the side bolts that you loosened at the beginning of the process.

The final step before heading out on the road is to check the tightness of the handlebars. Stand your bike up as if you're going to get on it. Put the front wheel between your legs and try to turn the handlebars side to side. If your handlebars turn without your wheel turning, REI's instructions recommend re-loosening the side bolts and then retighten the center bolt.

Health Benefits of Bike Riding

Both outdoor and indoor cycling are great workouts that boost your cardiovascular endurance, give your legs a good pump and burn a lot of calories. According to Harvard Health Publishing, a 155-pound person bicycling at 12-13.9 mph can burn around 298 calories in 30-minutes. And if you can get your speed up to 20 mph, you can expect to burn around 614 calories for a 30-minute ride.

But it's not just the calorie burn that makes this activity a popular choice. Cycling is also easier on the joints than other workouts such as running. According to the Cleveland Clinic, the benefits of cycling extend beyond recreation and include targeting the leg muscles. When you pedal, you work most of the major muscle groups in the lower body such as the quadriceps, glutes, hamstrings and calves. Plus, a good ride also strengthens your lungs and heart by giving you an excellent cardio workout.

One area you should consider training prior to adding cycling to your fitness routine is your core, which includes the abdominal muscles, hip flexors and lower back. Having a strong core is essential for cycling since these muscles help support your posture and reduce the chances of injuring your lower back.

Tips for Bicycling Outdoors

Taking your workout from an indoor cycle bike to an outdoor road bike is quite a transition. While the pedaling motion may feel similar, dealing with wind resistance, road conditions and traffic, ups the intensity of the workout and increases safety concerns. That's why the National Safety Council advises cyclists to check their bike prior to riding on the road.

During these inspections, you will want to check the tire pressure and adjust the seat to the right height and lock it in place. This is also a great time to make sure all parts are secure and working properly and that your bike has safety features such as reflectors.

When you are on the road, it is always recommended to ride single-file in the direction of traffic and to use hand signals when turning. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration stresses the importance of wearing a helmet that fits your head. To get a better idea of the right fit, they say it should sit level on your head and low on your forehead, with one or two finger-widths above your eyebrow. And finally, your helmet should never rock back more than two fingers above the eyebrows or rock forwards into your eyes.

Builtin handlebars is using views/layout.hbs by default as a master page. But i cannot see any settings in my app.js to change that behaviour.

piece of code from my app.js:

// view engine setup app.set(‘views’, path.join(__dirname, ‘views’)); app.set(‘view engine’, ‘hbs’);

  1. How can i change my default layout globally?
  2. What if i want to have 2 or 3 different global layouts?

How to adjust handlebars

5 Answers 5

You can specify what layout you want to use as part of the render call. If you create a new layout called other.hbs , you can then do something like:

To override this for the entire application, you can use:

From the handlebars readme:

There are two ways to set a default layout: configuring the view engine’s defaultLayout property, or setting Express locals app.locals.layout.

The layout into which a view should be rendered can be overridden per-request by assigning a different value to the layout request local. The following will render the “home” view with no layout:

In case you want to set the default layout just for a specific subroute, you might wanna use the following in the top section of your route:

You can also set the default layout on initialization:

This should work now..

How to adjust handlebars

I hope you are using express-handlebars . This instructions are for express-handlebars. For hbs , procedures are little different.

Step-1: Require handlebars

step-2: Register handlebars template engine. while registering, you can configure

for changing layout directory

other available options along with layoutsDir are

step-3: If you want to change views directory

step-4: For some template, If you don’t wish to give layout, you have to specify as layout: false . Otherwise app will crash. You can configure as follow, if you need.

If you’re using the ‘express-handlebars’ module, then the following should work:

I came to this by digging around in the module’s source, it turns out that this line.

. is what gives the default behaviour of always looking in ‘<>/views/layouts/’

So essentially – if, perhaps, you have a different dir structure in mind or have some other reason to override it, you can by using the line in my example. Just be sure that you do this before you instantiate exphbs.

If you’re using some other module (I’m not sure which are out there) it’s likely that they have some similar setting that can be overridden with a bit of jiggery-pokery (just run a ‘find’ on the file contents for ‘views/layouts/’.

note that I am leaving ‘app.set(“views”, __dirname );’ as is so that I keep templates anywhere in my server directory and render them like so:

After updating to v2.0.1 The above won’t work, instead you can pass the default directory in as an argument as below:

Choosing the right bike for you is the first step – now it’s time to set it up. By making a few simple adjustments, your bike will be a perfect fit.

How to adjust handlebars

Making sure your saddle and handlebars are set up correctly will give you a much more comfortable and efficient ride.

Riding position

Your riding position can be altered by adjusting the saddle and handlebars.

There are three things you want to achieve:

  1. The right saddle height – to make the most of your leg power and to make sure you can put a reassuring foot on the ground.
  2. Good contact with your pedals to maximise the power in your legs.
  3. Ability to reach the handlebars and your brakes – for good control and comfort. Everyone is different so you will need to find a comfortable balance that suits you.

Handlebar position

Well-positioned handlebars are crucial for your comfort and important for control of your steering and brakes.

Handlebars vary in how they can be adjusted.

A good position to start is with your handlebars at the same height as your saddle.

If you prefer a more aerodynamic ‘head down’ position, lower the bars.

If you want a ‘head up’ riding position that’s easier on your back and gives confidence in traffic, raise the bars.

Make sure you can still reach the brake levers once you’ve adjusted your handlebars!

Saddle position

Getting the saddle in the right place will help you get the most from your pedal power without straining your body.

Some bikes have a handy feature that allows you to move the saddle forwards or backwards and adjust its angle.

Adjust the saddle so your leg pushes vertically down on the pedal.

If you find you want to slide forward or backwards as you ride, adjust the saddle to suit.

Use an adjustable spanner or an Allen key (depending on your bike) to loosen the bolt underneath the saddle at the top of the seat post.

You can then slide your saddle backwards or forwards and tilt it up or down. Tighten it well before trying it out.

Adjusting saddle height

Follow these three steps to find the right height for your saddle:

  1. Place your bike next to a large wall.
  2. Hop on and put one hand on the wall for balance.
  3. Put the ball of your foot on the pedal at its lowest point without stretching. Your leg should be almost straight, with a very slight bend in the knee. To double-check, try with your heel on the pedal – this time your leg should be straight.

If you find you’re rocking from side to side when you ride, you’re probably too high and cycling will be harder work.

To adjust the height of your saddle undo the bolt or quick release at the top of the frame so you can slide the seat post up or down, making sure you don’t go past the minimum mark.

If your seat needs to be higher than the seat post allows, you need a longer seat post or a bigger bike.

Different saddles

Women tend to have wider hips than men, and so women’s saddles are wider than men’s for the correct fit.

Do make sure your saddle is comfortable – it can make all the difference to the enjoyment of riding your bike.

Use an Allen key to loosen the set screw on the side and remove the door handle. Use a flat head screwdriver to carefully remove the cover plate, which will expose the two Phillips screws. Take a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the screw on each side, this will secure the handle.

How do you adjust a door knob?

Pull both sides of the door knob away from the door. Spray the stem, usually located on the side that faces into a room, with a spray lubricant. Spray the lubricant onto the stem of the latch bolt, which is visible inside the door knob hole. Press both sides of the door knob back into place and tighten the screws.

What do I do if my front door handle is loose?

Take a Phillips screwdriver to tighten the screw on each side, this will secure the handle. Simply put it all back together by snapping the cover plate back on, replacing the door handle and tightening the set screw on the side with the Allen key.

How to fix a loose door handle ( uPVC )?

To fix your loose door handle, you only need to tighten the base plate screws with a cross-head screwdriver and just five minutes of time. Watch our Everest Expert in the video below to show you how to tighten a loose door handle on a uPVC door.

Can a door handle be secured to a door knob?

Handles like this will often not even be secured onto a door with through screws. Often the rose plate around the base of the handle, or even the handle itself, will be threaded. This threading allows the knob to be securely fastened without the need for screws.

How do you adjust the height of a door hinge?

To adjust the screws: The screw at the top of the hinge is usually to adjust the height of the door with a tolerance of 4.5mm. The screw at the side is to adjust the door laterally with a tolerance of 5mm. The screw at the bottom of the hinge is usually to adjust the compression with a tolerance of 2mm.

How do you fix loose door handle?

Using either a screwdriver or Allen key, loosen the set screw and remove the handle, which will uncover the shaft. If it is a threaded shaft, you will have to twist the shaft’s handle to make it flush with the door. Provide a little space for the knob to spin correctly by backing it up a bit.

How do you tighten a lever door handle?

Inspect the rod’s surface, and locate the groove where the set screw needs to be secured. Replace the handle, aligning the set screw hole with the groove. Reinsert the set screw and tighten firmly with the Allen wrench or the screwdriver. Repeat this process on the opposite side of the door lever to insure a tight lever door handle.

How do you adjust door knob?

Pull both sides of the door knob away from the door. Spray the stem, usually located on the side that faces into a room, with a spray lubricant. Spray the lubricant onto the stem of the latch bolt, which is visible inside the door knob hole. Press both sides of the door knob back into place and tighten the screws.