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    Newcomer seeks help . . .

    I need advice on a situation I am having with an old Bianchi road bike I received from a friend's relative. The bike itself is in fairly good condition. I'm doing a complete overhaul seeing as most of the parts are rusted, weathered, or in a condition that is unfit to ride. I've made great progress stripping the bike all the way to its frame until I hit a snag. I was trying to remove the "stem", I believe that's what's it's called, you know, the part that connects the handle bars to the "fork", and on my bike it's all held together with a long "hex" screw. Well, it seems that it's either really tight or just really rusted because I can't get it to move an inch. I've looked up various solutions, but none have worked for me. I'm getting so frustrated because this is the only thing keeping me from proceeding with fixing this bike up. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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    Did you get the hex screw out? There might be two other screws to the side of it that are clamping the head tube. If you are having trouble with the hex tube, try soaking it in a penetrating oil using an old rag over night.

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    No, unfortunately I haven't gotten the screw out yet. I looked to see if there were other screws holding the hex screw in place, but there was none. I'll try the penetrating lubricant, although I'm not geting my hopes up about it only because I've used about half a can of WD-40 on it. Thanks for your help though. I'll keep trying.

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    sounds like you have a quill stem.. loosen that screw a bit then tap it with a mallet, it holds the stem by way of an expanding wedge inside the stem. it needs to lossen then go down to release the stem
    unscrewing it all the way will not alow you to get the stem off

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