G'day All. Looking for some ideas on how to fashion a set of good handlebars. I want to make a pair that are perfectly flat, but which reach right back so that my hands are sitting over my knees (so, reaching back toward me by about 15cm past the front of my knees, though to the side of my knees slightly), at which point they'd be about 70cm apart. There are two options for going about this (and then a mix of them): 1) Buy a piece of 7/8" pipe and simply bend it. 2)Get a bandle bar which rises with the angle I want, cut it off at the top of the rise (as per the red lines in the pic), fold the bars down toward me and simply add a greater length of pipe (as per the blue lines). THe new pipe could be joined by finding a piece of pipe which fitted snugly inside both, then doing some sort of welding (about which I know nothing) to join everything, maybe with a slight gap revealing the inside bar to make sure everything is welded. The first option would be easier for me than having to get somebody to weld (especially as I want to spend very little on this - I might find I dislike the bars, or find the angle hurts my wrists on long rides, plus I change my mood every six months (need more SRs!)), and I was thinking of getting a vice level with a bench, putting the straight pipe in it and bending one side to the correct angle as per a mark on the bench, then turning the bar around in the vice and doing the same with the other side. I don't know if cheap bendable pipe would take that bending without kinking, or whether I'd risk weakening things too much - don't want one handle breaking off while in mid flight!! Ideas? (Taking into account I have no more than basic tools) Here's a moving picture of the bike, so you can get a sense of the riding position - I want to remain the same as this (upright, same width across bars), but with my hands down lower and a bit back. And with a cleaner look to the bike (though I do like those current bars from front on, just not side on) [media=youtube]qWl-bHqwRjk[/media] Thanks, Matt Ps check out the replica Smith's chromometric speedometer in mph. I'll be posting about setting this up on the handlebars (but there's two complications). Guess I'll have to learn my six times tables!