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Old 01-04-06, 07:06 PM   #1
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Handlebar Removal

I've got an older style stem with a set of drop handlebars on it, and I can't seem to getthe handlebars off the stem. The stem looks like these here:

http://peterwhitecycles.com/stems.asp

It looks like the fifth picture from the bottom. I've had some experience working on bikes, but I'm no pro. I can't manuever the drops out of the stem, even after removing the bolt, and everything from the bars (levers, tape, gunk, whatever). Any suggestions?
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Old 01-04-06, 07:17 PM   #2
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When I removied the drops from my older stem, after I took the bar bolt out, I put a screwdriver perpendicular to how the bolt would be, and used it to pry it open just a tad more, that worked for me. I'm not sure if it's bad for the stem, but I did it, and it turned out fine.
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Old 01-04-06, 07:19 PM   #3
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To remove the bar loosen the nut and pry it open a bit as your pull the bar out. To remove the stem from the bike loosen the allen bolt on top of the stem until it's about a half-inch up. Then put a piece of wood on it and smack it with a hammer. This will drive the stem wedge nut down and allow you to remove the handlebar.
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[ This will drive the stem wedge nut down and allow you to remove the handlebar.[/QUOTE]
This will get the stem loose from the steerer tube, but what does it have to do with removing the bar from the stem?
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Old 01-04-06, 10:02 PM   #5
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i find the nitto technomics are easy to pry open.. u're jsut gonna have to pry harder.

if you have a newer stem like the 3T syntehsis on the website in your link, the stick a coin in the gap where the screw goes in, and screw into the coin. this will spread open the gap.
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You need to rotate the bars to get the curves through. Take care not to scratch the metal.
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You need to rotate the bars to get the curves through. Take care not to scratch the metal.
yep - that's a hard motion to explain though. But once you get it it just becomes natural.

When the bar's tubing is bent, it stops being round. So you need to pass it thru the clamp in the way it feels comfortable going. Like I said, it's pretty hard to explain, but for the most part if you have to force it at any point then the bars are in the wrong position. Try turning them a bit until you find it easier to slide them thru.
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Got em out by turning them and prying the clamp upen just a bit more. Thanks for all the help!
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