DNR Design’s Keep It True tool is a bicycle handlebar alignment tool that takes away the guess work. We’ve all been there. You’ve just tightened a loose headset, or crashed and bent your bar, or just swapped the stem, and you need to realign the handlebar with the front wheel.    

You hold the bar, tap the wheel left… too far. Tap it right… too far. It’s a super frustrating exercise. You finally decide it’s lined up, only to ride away and realize it’s still ever so slightly wonky. Fed up? DNR Designs may well have a great solution for you.

DNR Designs KIT Handlebar Alignment Tool

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DNR Designs are making handlebar alignment easy with their new, possibly over-engineered Keep It True (aka KIT) tool.

The KIT clamps to your handlebar either side of the stem. Two metal plates run down from the clamp area to the fork stanchions. These can move relative to one another so you can adjust them to suit the length of your bike’s head tube and fork crown.

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Simply adjust the handlebar-front wheel alignment until the two prongs of the lower metal plate both come into contact with the fork stanchions. Basically, it gives riders and mechanics a reliable visual and mechanical cue for handlebar realignment.

Pricing & Availability

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The DNR Designs KIT handlebar alignment tool is made in the US. Pick one up for $220.

If you prefer lasers over a physical stop, there’s also the minimalist bicycle handlebar Tune Spurtreu alignment tool. It’s a lot more affordable at $95/69€, but if your wheel is dished off center (as many disc brake wheels are), then the DNR KIT looks like a more reliable option.

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29 comments

  1. Miclaroc on

    Ridiculous!!!! Here you go: tie a weight (ANYTHING) to a string, dangle it from the middle of your stem and see where it lies and line it up to the center of your wheel. Total cost $0. You’re welcome

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  2. Sean on

    I would totally use one of these. As someone who is super anal about the straightness of my bars, this would save me a lot of time setting bikes up. But $220 is a bit steep.

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  3. Mark on

    1. Take off the front wheel
    2. Stand the bike up with the fork dropouts on the floor
    3. Lay a yardstick, broom stick, etc on the floor up against the fork tips
    4. Eyeball the handlebars relative to the yardstick and adjust as needed

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    • Pedro on

      Great method ! Because what eventually matters is not the stem position but the handlebar one : perpendicular to the wheel …

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  4. Robin on

    For a shop or mechanic that wants to things just that much better for customers, this is a great idea. Yes, it’s a little more expensive than the Tune Spurtreu, but it’s also maybe a little more robust with respect to maintaining alignment of the tool itself. For team wrenches, this could be an excellent tool to have around, and I think it could be true for bike fitters, too.

    People scoff at anyone worrying about handlebars misaligned by a fraction or two of a degree, but for some riders with previous injuries, fit issues, and the like, this might help. Even if all it does is put a rider or customer’s mind at ease, that’s a good thing. Going the extra mile for customers can make life easier for the LBS owner or wrench.

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  5. Mr Pink on

    Great idea but $220??? Think the threshold is $40-$80. They get it in that range it’s a winner. Sure they’ll sell a couple at asking price.

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  6. timbo on

    Space Racoon – I’m pretty sure you can use the same string or plumb bob to ensure the bike is perfectly straight upright.
    Pete – good point, but I’m sure you can measure the distance between the inside of the fork leg to the rim to confirm it is centered.
    All – how does this ensure the handlebar is perfectly symmetric and the accuracy is better than using Maclaroc’s method. What is the tolerance on the symmetry of a handlebar? ± ???

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  7. ap on

    I use the Tune version. Pretty dang handy. It doesn’t fit great on really wide stems, but it gets close enough most of the time. I can totally relate to the authors description of the typical scenario and love having an option to save time and stress.

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  8. Greg on

    This and the Tune base themselves on assumptions that other parts of the bike are perfectly square. A perfect tool would take the place of the front hub and have a rigid, triangulated rod that can be placed at the stem centerline. It eliminates all variables.

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  9. bmx on

    A piece of string, held tight between two hands, close one eyeball -see the center of the tire and the center line of the stem. It doesn’t get more precise than that.

    This is just silly nonsense for thick people.

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  10. Tad on

    When the guys at DNR brought the KIT by our shop we checked alignment of several bikes and found that even industry veterans would not align the bar perfectly each and every time. This is the most repeatable method I have seen for this task. When a bike leaves our shop we strive in every way to make sure everything is perfect and this tool allows us to know we are getting this important aspect of the bike set up perfect every time. Kudos to DNR for creating a tool I didn’t know we needed.

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  11. bikeman on

    This is the method I use. Temporarily secure a 2ft spirit level ($10- $20, many people already own one) across the fork blades. Visually align the stem so the handlebar appears parallel to the spirit level’s edge.

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