Handlebar adjustment or replacement for a kid's 20" bike.
We bought my daughter a 20” Co Op Rev bike bit the handlebars seem to be a bit too far forward for her. Is there a way to replace it with a different one that brings the handle bar closer to the seat or adjust the one that’s on there? Appreciate any advice.
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It is possible to replace the handlebars on your daughter's bike, however, you'll want to connect with your local REI bike shop to see what the options are. Our first recommendation would be to look at the saddle of the bike and see if you can move it forward to give her a little bit better riding position. There is a nut that locks the saddle in place just under the rear of the seat. You should be able to adjust it with a hex wrench of the correct size.
Typically, you have three options on a bike to adjust the 'reach' (the distance from the saddle to the handlebars) of your bike: 1) a different style of handlebars, 2) a shorter (or longer) stem/shorter (or taller) stem riser, or 3) moving the saddle forwards or backwards. While you'll want to check with your bike shop, it doesn't look like you could get a much shorter stem (or stem riser) on the 20" Co-op Rev bike. Additionally, putting on a different handlebar may mean you'll need to adjust the length of the cables for the hand brake.
Hopefully this helps, please let us know if you have any more questions!
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