Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 03-28-09, 09:34 AM   #1
famoussd
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Loose stem help?

So I just bought a Cinelli Alter stem (1" threadless, 26mm). So I slap it on my Bianchi Pista.. tighten up the top screw, then the sides. Put the wheel in between my legs and try to move the bars around. With a little bit of muscle, I'm able to move the bars from side-to-side. Not good.

I take the stem off, clean everything off with alcohol. Put it back on, tighten the top, then the sides again until my hand turns red and I can still move the bars. What could be the problem? Do I need some sort of shim or grip tape?
famoussd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-09, 09:44 AM   #2
ijgrant
Senior Member
 
ijgrant's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2007
Bikes:
Posts: 131
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
What type of bars are you using?
There is a possibility that your bar clamp area isn't 26mm. In that case, you might need to shim it.
ijgrant is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-09, 10:05 AM   #3
famoussd
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Nitto RB-021 Pursuit Bar with a 26.0mm clamp diameter. However, its not loose from the stem to the bars.. its loose where the stem attaches to the steerer tube.
famoussd is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-09, 12:07 PM   #4
Tigerprawn
Pug lover! Dogs and bikes
 
Tigerprawn's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: San Jose, CA
Bikes:
Posts: 1,205
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
It shouldn't be rock hard where if you put muscle its not gonna give. That's asking to get destroyed duing an accident.

I got bounced into a parked car by the car beside me. Bars hit a side mirror and if my bars hadn't had some sort of give I think my crash woulda been much worse as well as my bike.
Tigerprawn is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-09, 12:24 PM   #5
martinus
Senior Member
 
martinus's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 939
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Is it, in a stand when you put it "on" ... or on the ground ?

.
.
.
martinus is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-09, 12:28 PM   #6
blickblocks
.
 
blickblocks's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Bikes:
Posts: 3,861
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
The stem stack height might be so different that you have to throw a spacer on, probably under the stem.
__________________
http://blicksbags.com/
blickblocks is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 03-28-09, 11:05 PM   #7
famoussd
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Oct 2008
Bikes:
Posts: 8
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
thanks for the replies all. i ended up making a shim out of a coke can. all is good now.
famoussd is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 09:17 PM.