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Old 05-28-11, 09:59 AM   #1
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New to bikes- Need help with moving handlebars.

Hello, reader. I am in need of some help!

I recently purchased a new (used) bike, an old Browning road bike. I love it to death, but I've run into a few issues. Loose things here, the breaks hugging too close to the wheel, etc. And I was able to figure everything out with some common sense and expirimenting, except for the trouble with the handlebars.

They turn out of allignment with the wheel, so they are crooked, and I can't steer. I've tried snooping around, looking to see where I need to tighten something, but I can't find anything that seemed to work.

I'm very, very new to bike mechanics, but I really want to learn. If someone would be willing to give me some ideas as to how I could fix this, I would be overjoyed. I look forward to hearing from you!
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Old 05-28-11, 10:40 AM   #2
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On top of the stem there a bolt you need to loosen , don't remove it just turn it about 5 turns and give it a good hard blow with a block of wood and a hammer or use a rubber hammer ,it will drop down, doing this will loosen the wedge inside so you can readjust the stem and handlebars . after the adjustment re tighten the bolt. if the bike have not see service for awhile you need to stray some WD-40 or other penetration oil into it. you might have to wait awhile for it to work in.
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On top of the stem there a bolt you need to loosen , don't remove it just turn it about 5 turns and give it a good hard blow with a block of wood and a hammer or use a rubber hammer ,it will drop down, doing this will loosen the wedge inside so you can readjust the stem and handlebars . after the adjustment re tighten the bolt. if the bike have not see service for awhile you need to stray some WD-40 or other penetration oil into it. you might have to wait awhile for it to work in.
Hey, thanks a ton! This worked like a charm.
Thanks for gettin' me back on the road.
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Whew, I guess it was a quill stem.
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glad to been of help .
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