I went on a two hour bike ride today followed by a mile jog. I felt pretty good. Still a long way to go though. It felt good to get outside in the sun and get the blood pumping. So good that when I got back I decided to play bike mechanic and cut up my handlebars. On the Poprad whenever I stand to go faster I end up hitting my knees on the ends of the drops. I hardly ever use that hand position. So I cut off the bar tape, gel pads and 1.75 inches of aluminum. I made a valiant attempt to rewrap the bars afterwards, but I'll need to get one of the nice guys at the ski and bike shop to do a proper wrap job. As well as add a second layer of bar tape. Here are a few pictures of my hack job. No pun intended : )
Pre-hacked bars. I think that is blood from my knee on the bar end plug.
Bars minus tape and gel pads.
I went to the hardware store and got this sweet pipe cutter for the low price of $6.95
The cutter worked great. I cleaned up the rough edges with some emery cloth.
One of these drops is not like the other.
All done. I think they turned out pretty good. I'll have to test ride them tomorrow.