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Old 08-02-12, 08:56 PM   #1
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Bike Friday stem screw?

The little screw that is by the lever near the headset nThat is removed when folding eeds replacing and I need to know if it can be purchased at a hardware store? If it only goes in partially is it ok to ride until replaced?
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I expect it is a metric normal machine screw..
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I`m not clear exactly what screw you`re talking about, Commutenow. You mean the quick release lever to remove the stem? If that`s it, there`s no way I`d ride it without being able to clamp it tight. You can probably find one of those at a bike shop (seatpost clamp screw and lever if you can find one the right size). Alternatively, you should be able to replace the QR with a straight bolt. My 2012 Pocket Llama has a built in 8mm nut on one side, so I was able to ditch the lever contraption with no mods or extra parts. If you mean a different screw (headset lockscrew, maybe?) can you post a picture of it?
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I think you referring to the 1" long, Hex Screw that takes a 5mm hex key to loosen/tighten - it allows the stem riserheight to be adjusted. Yes, it is a standard item that a good ACE Hardware Store should have in stock.

Why does it need replacing? (The one on my NWT is 5 yrs old, was adjusted twice when the bike was new, and hasn't been touched since.)

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Thanks I have it figured out. I can see that this forum has a terrific amount of knowledge.
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Thanks I have it figured out.
Cool!
What was it?
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The man that sold it to me is sending me the 5mm(diameter) x .8mm (thread pitch) x appr. 9mm (under head lenght) metric socket head cap screw. It is located above the lower part of the headset near the lever used for folding.
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