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    Senior Member peripatetic's Avatar
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    Argh/Frick! %^&!ing stem swap!

    Why can I not get this stem unstuck from around the drop on my drop bars--it will go neither further on the curve nor further off. I've tried everything, but my twisting seems to only have the effect of slowly grinding away the aluminum of the bars and the stem. Please give me some helpful advice.

    (I can't use a coin to separate the width of the stem further, because neither the back nor the front of the bolt hole is threaded.)

    It tried adding liquid soap, oil, pulling, pushing, force, finesse. ERG. I can't spend another several hours just trying to get these bars on OR off.

    Help!

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    <<Why can I not get this stem unstuck from around the drop on my drop bars->>

    With a wide stem clamp area, the stem has to be snaked on just exactly in the right path with the gap in the stem following the tighest inside bends. Just a little restriction and you end up with what you have.

    I would suggest that you put the stem on the bike, slightly "spread" the stem with a flat blade

    (and I mean very slight pressure not a permanant spread) and then rattle the bars back to center and then be willing to find the best path off. Either that or commit one of two parts to the trash heap.

    Ive done the same as you have and put a rather deep gouge in a set of bars with very little force . Taped up its out of sight but as of yet not out of mind.

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    Quote Originally Posted by meatwad


    Ive done the same as you have and put a rather deep gouge in a set of bars with very little force . Taped up its out of sight but as of yet not out of mind.
    Thanks for the advice, meatwad. And I can't say I'm reassured by the fact that taping the situation out of sight hasn't got it out of your mind. Sounds like you and I are of the same school of brain-eating frustration. Poe's "Tell-Tale Heart" suddenly comes to mind...

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    I just went through this with my Al drops and an ITM stem. Never again. I got a stem with a face plate. Now I don't even have to touch my bar tape to get the bars off.

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