Ok, I've just picked up my bike where it has been stored for the past 6 months or so. Now I am ready to install a new stem, but a little confused exactly what I have to remove from the handlebars. At this point I realize that a removable faceplate would be nice, but I have no such luck.
So I know I need to remove the brake lever but what about the bar end shifter? Is it possible to slide it through the stem? Honestly I have never removed nor installed bar end shifters and I really don't want to take it off. Then again this could provide and important learning experience.
At the same time I am worried that my brake cables are not long enough to remove the brake without redoing the cables. Yeah, it's not that big a deal, but I keep thinking that simply switching stems shouldn't involve so much work. The other fear is that this stem won't work out and I'll have to do the entire process again