I'm trying to upgrade the stem on my Bianchi. It's not terrible -- it's a TIG-welded steel ITM -- but I'd like something more elegant. My question: I don't feel like removing the tape, brakes, etc. -- will it be easy enough to simply pry the steel stem's bar clamp right open, to remove the handlebars? I realize this would destroy the ITM -- that's not an issue. I'd replace with a pop-top or hinged stem, so again: I wouldn't have to remove any parts.