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    Noob Threadless Headset/Stem Qustion

    As part of a follow-up fit tweak, my lbs installed a new stem. It is slightly off center (not drastic, just slightly noticeable). My question is: if a loosen the pinch bolts a little to center the stem, will I affect the headset adjustment and need to re-adjust?

    Of course, I could just stop noticing the slight misalignment. Thanks in advance for your advice.

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    That should be a back job order for your LBS. After all, they are responsible for making the stem askew. That way, any problems with the hardware will be their responsibility. I tend to be obsessive-compulsive with these things. I probably will get very irritated over even the the slightest misalignment.

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    If you don't disturb the top cap adjusting bolt, you should be able to loosen the stem fixing bolts and recenter your bars without changing the headset's adjustment.

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    Foolish heart, it is annoying but if it is a simple fix, I hate to take it to the shop.

    HillRider, sorry for not being clear, the stem is misaligned with the front wheel. No problem with the handlebar position.

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    HillRider, just re-read your answer. I believe you did answer my original question. Thanks. Please disregard the previous reply, too much wine with dinner!

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