My quill stem on a recently acquired bike was totally seized. I tried bashing, twisting soaking it in solutions. Rather hastily, I decided the easiest and quickest way to get it out was to cut it out, since the stem was destined for the junk bin anyways.
Now, I lopped off the top of the stem to pull the fork out and made vertical cuts into the stem tube, but that piece of stem is still stuck.
To make matters worse, I accidentally broke off the inch and a half of stem that was sticking out the steer tube while trying to bash it out, so it is more or less flush with the top of it now.
The wedge is loose and but trapped by the piece of stem. Any one have ideas?
What I ended up doing is chipping it out in about six different pieces using a flathead screwdriver and a hammer. It was pretty brutal and archaic, but it did the trick after a whole afternoon of loud whacks coming from my garage to disturb the neighbours.
I managed to dent the very of the steerer tube by accident, but with the help of a hammer and a conveniently sized and shaped seat tube was able to round it out again, and chase the threads a bit. This was by far the most difficult ordeal I've dealt with fixing up bikes.