Trimming a carbon handlebar
I have purchased a nice carbon handlebar. It is sleek and it is light - but it is a bit too long for me, and that messes up my body's geometry while riding! Hence I would consider trimming it.
My questions to the experts are:
many thanks for any suggestions you might have!
- - is it safe to cut a few centimeters from a carbon handlebar? Or will this weaken the mechanical strength of the bar?
- - which equipment is best suited? I imagine that a conventional metal tube cutter is not adequate. I was thinking of using a Dremel: is that realistic?
- - I know that carbon nanotubes are as toxic as asbestos. Will a HEPA (high-efficiency particulate air) filter mask suffice to protect me?