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Are my hairline cracked or broken carbon fibre handlebars broken or useable?
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Are my hairline cracked or broken carbon fibre handlebars broken or useable? Can they be easily repaired?
They came with a bike second hand. I didn't notice it till I took the bar tape off. I haven't ridden them.
It looks as though the broken and cracked areas may just be fairings that wouldn't affect structural strength but I don't know for sure. I have seen carbon bars that don't have this bit.
Can anyone shed any light on this? Can I do a strength test at home?

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On the one hand, it really looks like it is only the cover where the cable passes under. On the other hand, I am not sure if it still could be a structural element which was designed to take some of the load. There are some people who fix carbon (at least frames), not sure if handlebars can also be repaired.

Personally I would not ride it. When the handlebar breaks you will go down. Hard. I'd be nervous using it even if it was fixed. Plus I read somewhere (not sure where, so might be one of them urban legends) that one should replace lightweight tuning carbon parts after so-and-so many years anyway.
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