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Old 08-17-12, 12:02 AM   #1
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Raleigh Sports qwill stem

I'd like to change my handle bar stem to an adjustable type. In order to move the bar forward a bit. My question is stem diameter, I believe I need a 1" (22.2). Is this correct?

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Partly correct. Your stem quill is 7/8", which is 22.2 mm. The steerer tube of your fork is 25.4 mm, which is 1".

There may be another problem though. I seem to recall some Raleigh Sports using a non-standard clamp size for the handlebars, 15/16" (23.8 mm) rather than the more common 1". This won't affect the stem size, but you may need to replace the handlebars as well, as the 23.8 mm clamp hasn't been used on modern bikes for quite a while, meaning you almost certainly won't find an adjustable stem in that size (I doubt they were ever made). Do you have a set of calipers to measure the diameter of the clamp area on the handlebars?
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I'd suspect the center of the handle-bar is 25.4mm, the rest of a road handlebar is the 15/16"

Stem QUill 7/8", unless fork is 9/8" outside diameter, then its 1" inside..
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I'd suspect the center of the handle-bar is 25.4mm, the rest of a road handlebar is the 15/16"
So would I, but Sheldon says otherwise. I managed to fall foul of this myself, with an old Raleigh Sports that had drop handlebars, a 15/16" handlebar clamp with the rest of the bar being 7/8".

On reflection, it wouldn't be much of an issue, as the OP could almost certainly fashion a suitable shim even if the clamp area is the wrong size.
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You may find the length of the bulge is smaller the length of the stem clamp. I am not talking diameter, I mean the length of the section of bar that is bulged. If so, you may not be able to get the old bars to stay put in the clamp. You may need to find a new handlebar to match the stem.
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Thanks everybody! This is what I went with, fit perfectly BTW.

http://www.ebay.com/itm/Zoom-Adjusta...item45ffdcbd54

I did have to make a shim, (out of some recycled aluminum), for the handle bars. Nice and snug now!
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