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    21.15" Quill Stems -- sources?

    Does anyone know of a good source for 21.15" quill stems? Mine has a bit too much forward reach and a bit too low, and I am looking for an alternative. I am aware of the two that Harris Cyclery carry.

    It is for a '73 World Voyageur that I am pretty darn certain is 21.15" (don't have my micrometer handy), but if someone knows otherwise, please let me know.

    EDIT: OF COURSE I MEANT 21.15mm -- TOO MANY SLEEPLESS NIGHTS WITH A NEWBORN

    Thanks in advance,
    Chris

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    eBay or trade with somebody...maybe find a garage sale junker you can salvage just the stem from. I'd be surprised if you can find any with a taller than average quill, there just ain't that many out there to choose from. What reach are you looking for?

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    In that 22.2mm is the standard (commonly called 1" - which it is not - any more than a .38 caliber revolver is actually .38 of an inch (it's .357 or 9mm)) So before you go hunting for these - by someone who can't measure - 21.15mm stems - get the calipers and check again. Then check other quills as well. I'll bet you it's the same as the 1" is the same as the 22.2mm.
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    Schwinn as well as several others (Ross, Windsor and Nishiki come to mind) used a .833" quill stem that we metric-minded translate to 21.1mm. It was one of the "standards" for them for a while, also showed up on department store bikes and some other bike-boom Japanese brands, but got left in the past when JP adopted the 22.2 standard. You'll find better results searching for those stems using the "inch" ( .833") designation as well as the metric translation.

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    Plus, it was a BMX standard for a while also.

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    Buy a 22.2mm Nitto Technomic and use a belt sander or lathe to take material off the radius to get it down to 21.1. It doesn't take much work since you're talking about just a little over half a millimeter off the radius. That was the suggestion from the owner of my LBS, and he's been around the block a few times.

    Although fork steerer tubes for bikes using both 21.1 and 22.2 stems had a 1" (25.4mm) O.D., the steerers on forks using 21.1 stems had a thicker wall thickness.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Scooper View Post
    Buy a 22.2mm Nitto Technomic and use a belt sander or lathe to take material off the radius to get it down to 21.1. It doesn't take much work since you're talking about just a little over half a millimeter off the radius. That was the suggestion from the owner of my LBS, and he's been around the block a few times.

    Although fork steerer tubes for bikes using both 21.1 and 22.2 stems had a 1" (25.4mm) O.D., the steerers on forks using 21.1 stems had a thicker wall thickness.
    Thanks Stan, great suggestion! I've been tryimg without success to fimd a -833" stem for my horrible Huffy MTB frame over here in the UK - even old BMX stems in this size are silly money and I don't want to spend much on such a junker. Just building it for fun really as it's so grotesque it's beautiful - front droputs are squashed together fork tubes, rear dropout slots look like they've been cut with pinking shears and the bit in between is even worse! Was given it as a lump of solid rust because it had sat for a year in the salt air of Dover and it took a lot of muscle to salvage. Had to cut the stem out of the forks, however the frame tubes are so thick & heavy that the only rust was external surface rust on the scratches. After stripping to bare metal. Waxoyl treatment of tubes & gloss black enamel respray it looks smarter than new. Have experience of "precision sanding" as I reduced a carbon seat pillar from 27.2mm to 27.0 mm and it's a perfect fit - took four hours and a micrometer though!
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    Thanks for the suggestions all. I like the belt sander / lathe option, as the 22.2 mm stems seem to be available to a much larger degree in a variety of heights and reaches. I have been searching the bay for a while to no avail.

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    I have a few - both Schwinn (GB) and Japanese. I just put a SR a in my stem box a couple of days ago. It was probably a 80mm reach and average height (like 80-90mm). If you want it, pm me and we'll work something out.

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    I similarly have a couple of .833 stems around to spare. I can measure reach and height if you need me to.

    Neal

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    Thanks Noah, but I'm looking for something with more height.

    Neal, that is mighty kind of you. If you happen to have one 10+ inches in height, and no more than 3 inches in reach, just let me know the price. I was just across the river from Brookline in Cambridge 2 weeks ago -- my timing is always off.

    Chris

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