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Old 11-18-02, 08:39 PM
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Operation complete, and ultimately an unqualified success! Thank you all for your assistance.

A 24 hr soak with WD-40, followed by a liberal application of Tri-flow this evening turned the trick. When I tried it this evening the stem was considerably looser, whereas yesterday I was afraid of pringleing the wheel, the bars were so hard to turn. I was able to remove the stem after 2 rounds of twisting and Tri-flow.

Post mortem: inadequate grease. The stem came out with roughly a 2" wide ring of rust. I buffed off the rust with emery cloth, regreased the stem, and it now fits smoothly down into the steerer. After this episode, it seems like a good idea to pull the thing out and regrease it at least once a year.
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