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Old 11-05-09, 10:10 PM   #1
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Handlebar/Fork alignment, short cuts?

I think I'm just OCD or stupid but I spent a good 20 minutes trying to align my handlebars with my fork after playing around with the stem height. I even busted out my t-square to make sure its all lined up. There's got to be an easier/efficient way to do this other than eye-balling it. How do you guys do it?
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Old 11-05-09, 11:02 PM   #2
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eye-balling it
Then again, i've been known to set a mill's vise to 1/1000th of an inch from parallel across its 8'' width without adjustments/measuring/etc. I can also usually sight things that are more than a degree off or more than 1/16'' off-center.
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Old 11-06-09, 12:11 AM   #3
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I mean eye-balling it isn't THAT hard...
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I just eye ball it.
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Haha, I did the exact same thing yesterday for my new Thomson stem. Then I tightened it, looked at if from another angle, and was like that's not straight, so I redid it, twice! Took me like half an hour making minute adjustments over and over...
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If it's not straight, it will become apparent upon riding, even if you thought it was good and straight using a T-square, etc. If it looks/feels straight while riding, it is straight (enough).
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Pro tip: make sure to close one eye and then sight it in.
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I just eyeball it
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I couldn't decide which was more gross, so I did both of them!
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just use a string. Mark it's middle, run it through the wheel and touch the ends to your bars. If one side doesn't reach or your mark isn't in the center of the wheel, adjust it. Shouldn't take more than a minute
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What if it is as bent as M. Carl???

I bet no-one saw the Mary Whitehouse Experience in the 90's....
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Plumb bob on a string and steel ruler here. Use the ruler to perfectly center the bar then use the plumb bob (you can gain a bit of space by using the ruler on the stem as an outcrop) and plumb bob to straight down the middle of the tire (doink with stem as required). Perfection.
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Pro tip: make sure to close one eye and then sight it in.
That's my suggestion too.

When I was working in a shop when customers would complain of handlebar alignment I'd have them straddle the bike and tell me when it was straight. Then I'd tighten the handle the handlebar in that position. I don't know if it was any better, but at least they couldn't blame me.
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