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Old 04-24-07, 12:26 PM   #1
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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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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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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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Yeah, flipping a stem only takes a few minutes at most.
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??? 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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