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    funny-little-man
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    Problems changing Peugeot handlebars

    Hi everyone,

    I'm hoping to cycle the London to Paris charity ride this summer on my Peugeot Elan racer, but am looking to change the original handlebars as I'm finding them somewhat uncomfortable to ride in the drop position. However, Im coming up against the problem with French handlebar and stem dimensions being different to those that are currently available in my local bike shops.

    Does anyone know how (or if it's possible) to get around this problem and perhaps fit handlebars and stem with British/ ISO dimensions?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Ewan

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    If I own it, I ride it CV-6's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by ewanoneill View Post
    Hi everyone,

    I'm hoping to cycle the London to Paris charity ride this summer on my Peugeot Elan racer, but am looking to change the original handlebars as I'm finding them somewhat uncomfortable to ride in the drop position. However, Im coming up against the problem with French handlebar and stem dimensions being different to those that are currently available in my local bike shops.

    Does anyone know how (or if it's possible) to get around this problem and perhaps fit handlebars and stem with British/ ISO dimensions?

    Many thanks in advance!

    Cheers,
    Ewan
    I am assuming you are coming up against the 22.0 stem diameter and the 25.0 or 25.4 clamping area. It is not that difficult to take a 22.2mm stem and sand it down to fit the French steerer. You are only removing .1mm and the stem can be polished afterwards.
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    LYNN/EWAN,

    This is exactly what I did for a comfortable setup on my 72 Peugeot. I took a NITTO stem (22.2mm) and added a pair of NITTO Moustache bars (26mm?). It was a little trial and error, but after the 3rd or 4th effort of sanding then inserting, it finally went in comfortably. Good luck!
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    Hi both,

    Thanks very much for the info - the NITTO gear looks great too. Glad to hear it's not a nightmare job afterall!

    Cheers!
    Ewan

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    Figure out how far you want to insert the stem and mask above that point with duct tape to avoid scratches that will show. On every French headset I've tried, the unsanded portion of the stem will go through the top nut so the "ledge" bottoms out on the steerer and is hidden by the nut.

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