Classic & Vintage - ? about intgrated handlebar & stem Vintage Mt Bikes.
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I bought an 85 Raliegh Mesa Runner, to rob the ingrated handlebar/stem for my 86 Schwinn Sierra. I was suprized when I put the calipers to it. The stem on the Raliegh is smaller than the 1 in standard.(I assume it is 7/8 dept. store size) My question is did the "vintage" or "old school" handlebar/stems come in various stem sizes?
07-29-07, 12:58 PM
The 1" measurement refers to the outside diameter of the steer tube. Your stem fits the inside diameter of that tube. It's referred to as a 1" stem.
07-29-07, 06:13 PM
And the stem/bar combination is referred to as a "Bullmoose bar." I've got one on my city bike project...Very old school. :)
07-29-07, 10:17 PM
I've got a Ritchey/Nitto black alloy bullmoose on my daughter's Trek 850 mtb.
It did not fit. It is the smaller size. I went with a "trekking" bar off an old schwinn criss-cross. I may yet harvest it and put it in the parts bin before reselling the Raliegh "Grand Mesa". If I keep it I do not know what I would put it on. The current bike is not worth much, but it is all original , even has the matching tires. The tires have the same logo as the frame. I will say this, the byllmoose bars do not look like they could fail, no matter what you did to them.
07-30-07, 11:16 AM
The bars in the picture above didn't fit either. the steer tube on that bike is 1 1/8" so I used an adapter.
DirtDrop, Did you get your adapter at LBS? I had thought about shiming but did not want to risk any failures with steering.
07-30-07, 09:16 PM
I got it online, but I don't remember where. I'll check my usual sources. It's a well designed piece and it doesn't cause any problems. A shim isn't a good idea because water can get in.
07-30-07, 09:33 PM
I haven't been able to find where I got it, but here's what the part looks like:
Ok that is a start. I have it off siting in the handlebar bin.
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