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Old 06-14-09, 08:18 PM   #1
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drop bar removal

I picked up some wide bars for my bike. 80's something Nishiki 12 speed. How do I remove the drop bars without scarring the **** out of them? I dont want to scratch up the new ones. Do I pry the clamp apart?Thanks for any help.
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Does the stem have a threaded side?

If so you can pull the bolt, run it in the other way and stick a washer or other bit of metal in the gap to push the stem open. Careful though...too much and it'll break. You'll also find out why the bike industry went to multiple bolt designs. I have a special set of spreading pliers for the job that makes it quicker, but it shouldn't be a big deal.
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Remove the clamp bolt completely and carefully pry or wedge the gap open with a large flathead screwdriver while twisting the old bar out and sliding the new one in.
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thanks, I got it. Twist this way, that way, turn the bars just so, then back. Gotta lay off the coffee. Now I have to tape the bars.
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