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Old 10-17-10, 02:37 PM   #1
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Stem/Handlebar clamp size

Newb here, used search function, don't flame, etc

Anyways, right now I'm running a '79 Grand Prix with the original quill stem and chopped/flopped bars with the brake lever reversed (original lever, center pull)



I was wondering if there's a way I could figure out the fork size (1" vs. 1&1/8"), and the stem clamp size/handlebar width without taking calipers to it (universal size? Raleigh-specific?)

Also, I was thinking about getting a threaded -> threadless adapter with a 3T Mutant with polished track drops. Could I somehow use the original brake lever as a cross lever on the drops?

I know it's a lot of information, thanks in advance to any help.
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Fork is 1" and the bar is most likely 25.4mm.

Don't use a track drops on a relaxed geometry bike, you will be having a hard time holding onto the drops and you could somehow use the lever with track drops, it just won't look as nice.
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So I would definitely have to get a new stem to use new bars?
I just wanted to try different things out, what do you mean it would be hard holding on to the drops?
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Depends what the clamp size is on your new bar.

You'll be have a hard time staying in the drops because your Raleigh's geometry is more slacked than those of a track bike, you'll be stretching out like Superman to stay in the drops.
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Ah right, well thanks a lot. Any recommendations on a new bar? Bullhorns are comfy, but I wanted some variety, hence, the threadless stem (removable faceplate).
I was thinking about mustache bars, but a brake lever would look kinda dorky
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Actually moustache bars with 2 brake hoods will give you a lot of hand positions.


You should try out all the bars that you think you'll like.
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