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Old 06-19-08, 02:47 PM   #1
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headset spacer kludge?

Is there a commonly available tubing that can be used as headset spacers for a 1-1/8" fork? Something like PVC or conduit, that I might find at the local hardware store or home despot? I'm futzing around with handlebar placement and before I go out and buy about 3" of spacers, I'm just wondering if there's a cheaper option out there while I'm doing fitment.
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go out and buy 3" of spacers.
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Anything with an internal diameter greater than 1 1/8" (1.125") would work.

Schedule 40 PVC, 1 1/4" nominal has an OD of 1.6" and an ID of 1.138". Should be just the ticket.

Your challenge is getting a nice straight cut.

Another option is to use a second stem. I do this as a permanent solution for my touring bike.



And still another option is the Sheldon Brown kludge

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/handsup.html

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Thanks, all.
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Schedule 40 PVC, 1 1/4" nominal has an OD of 1.6" and an ID of 1.138". Should be just the ticket.
That's not true the nominal ID is 1.380"
http://www.engineeringtoolbox.com/pv...ons-d_795.html
I have a piece right here and that's what it measures.
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If your just doing it for fitting (non-riding), why not use whatever is approximate? Would remove and fit some actual bike spacer for riding though,
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If you buy in bulk you can get an assortment from Niagara Cycle or Cycle Club Sports at a decent price. I stock about 10 to 20 in about 3 - 4 sizes (3mm, 5mm, 10mm and 20mm) in my parts bins.
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