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Old 01-10-10, 09:10 AM   #1
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How do I put together a handlebar stem?

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I have been out of biking since the early eighties. I recently bought a used Trek t200 tandem and I need to swap out the handlebar stem. I wanted one that was shorter and angled up to give a more relaxed riding position. I go to research it and all I find are stems that have holes at either end, not the one piece set up I am familier with.

I want to create a stem as I described above. What do I look for in the product descriptions so that they match up. If anyone has a link for something that would work for me, please post a link.

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http://www.parktool.com/repair/readhowto.asp?id=65

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/handsup.html

http://bicycletutor.com/part/stem/

Here are three sources, it's pretty simple
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Just make sure you adjust the headset preload prior to tightening the stem to the steerer tube. Yes, I learned from experience. Yes, I was/am kind of a moron.
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You have a quill stem. You need an adapttor to fit a threadless type stem http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...1_10000_201527

However taller quill stems are available http://www.universalcycles.com/shopp...ls.php?id=7424 This would be a neater solution. Unfortunately you have ro remove brake lever from one side and rewrap the bars to install/
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Both kinds of stems are available in bike shops or online. The older style is referred to as threaded/quill and the newer style as threadless. You probably already know that from the above reference links.
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Rivendell Bikes would be a good place to look for high-rise stems.
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If you're thinking of going the stem-converter/1 1/8" stem route, I used this one on my PUCH. Lightweight and plenty strong:

http://www.cambriabike.com/shopexd.a...STEM+CONVERTER

Your old quill-stem is likely 1" and most stems available are 1 1/8" - so you want the 1" to 1 1/8" stem-converter.

And you MUST attach the stem with the torque specified by the manufacturer. And follow instructions to the letter.
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Hi and thanks for responding. It has been very helpful.

I measured with a tape measure, not a micrometer, the width of the quill stem. It measures 1 1/8 at the top of recessed allen head bolt and also the same width at the top of the headseat lock nut. Just to confirm, would I then chose the second choice in both the Nashbar.com link and the Cambriabike.com link listed in the thread above?

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If the quill-stem is 1 1/8" on the top and the bottom - where it enters the head-tube - then yes. You'd want the 1 1/8" to 1 1/8" stem-converter.
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