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    Senior Member adrien's Avatar
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    can i flip a stem myself?

    I have a 2005 Specialized rockhopper comp.

    After many months of getting used to a more "raod" posture (on my Kona JTS), I find myself wanting the handlebars lower on the Specialized.

    I'm ok with mechanical stuff like changing tires and wheels and making adjustments. Any tricks to flipping the stem I should be aware of?

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    Making a kilometer blurry waterrockets's Avatar
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    It's pretty easy. Check out the help at http://www.parktool.com

    I flipped a stem on someone else's bike this weekend in about 5 minutes on the roadside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by waterrockets
    It's pretty easy. Check out the help at http://www.parktool.com

    I flipped a stem on someone else's bike this weekend in about 5 minutes on the roadside.
    ??? story ???

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    Flipping a stem requires a Park Tool Certification as well as LBS experience. I'd say, stick to an LBS that has really old guys who look like they can spell ashtabula baskasswards in 2 seconds and has a cotter pin necklace.

    Seriously, you'll probably need a 5mm allen wrench to get the bars and stem off as well as the tightnening bolt. It will take you about 45 to 90 seconds to do and 2 weeks playing around with the correct bar position
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    puch it

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    Yeah, flipping a stem only takes a few minutes at most.

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    Making a kilometer blurry waterrockets's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by vpiuva
    ??? story ???
    Houston/Austin MS-150, girl on the corporate team riding a new bike, way too stretched out, sore neck and back.

    Flat stem!!!

    Flipped it and cranked her bars up about 5 degrees. All better. Sucks that shops let folks ride off looking like that

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