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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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    Quote Originally Posted by FlatFender View Post
    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

    Scroll down to "Threadless Without Spacers"
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    Thanks, all.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dobber View Post
    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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