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PostPosted: Tue May 15, 2018 1:21 am 
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Location: Newport Beach, California
It appears that bonding and securing components and adhesives to the anodized aluminum handlebars is quite a technical challenge. Especially with the damaging cycling and torque exerted at each peddling motion.

Having performed a handlebar base repair, I used the 3M 5200 that Matt recommended, in addition to replacing the pop rivets. So far so good!

When the Quick Release assembly started to wiggle and squeak, it was time to repair the other end. Found there was a very thin layer of brittle and yellow (looks like) epoxy between the plastic housing and the aluminum. And the very undersized screws kept loosening as well. The tapped holes in very thin wall aluminum only allows for very few threads to hold to.

Removed the components and cleaned as much adhesive off as possible without gouging the anodized finish. Using 3M 5200, and accurately sized stainless screws, returned to the water.

This was a very short lived repair. Wiggle and squeaking returned.

After setting the height to a generic position, drilled through the screw holes for a couple of pop rivets. Lost adjustability for now, but the pop rivets will maintain constant compression where needed, as experienced with my Hobie 16 mast and trampoline repairs.

Still testing but the rivets are lasting longer than the screws.

Always fun on the Eclipse!


Wil Thoms
Newport Beach

Hobie 16 with Tequila Sunrise sails (in the past)
Hobie Revo 11 for peddle, paddle, fishing and sailing
Hobie Eclipse 10.5 Solar Yellow

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