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How to get this handlebar in the stem (or vice versa)

Old 06-27-20, 04:01 PM
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How to get this handlebar in the stem (or vice versa)

They're both 25.4. But the curve on the handlebar seems too important, it kinda blocks the way. Bought this white stem to match a white fork but it really is getting on my nerves.

I guess the key is to widen the stem by inserting some kind of tool in the bolt gap? I tried it with a flat screwdriver and almost ripped open my front arm. Any other tip?


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Old 06-27-20, 04:11 PM
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OP, Remove the stem and try starting over, do not force the stem on the bar, try rotating it into a position that it will rotate on easily.
All bars and stems have a sweet spot that allows you to get them into position.
Good Luck...take your time.
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I had to do this a few days ago. I used a cheapo bottle opener to spread the stem to get it off the bars - one hand control of the squeeze and doesn't mar the edge of the stem clamp. As you can see from the edge of the clamp, I tried a screwdriver before I tried this)

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Originally Posted by jonny7 View Post
They're both 25.4. But the curve on the handlebar seems too important, it kinda blocks the way.
Rotate the stem so that the narrow part of the clamp is on the inside of the handlebar's curve and you should be able to slide it through.
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If you have a thin jam nut and a dime, and it fits in the opening, you can hold the jam nut and just thread a bolt against the dime. I prefer using a nickel, but Iím not sure you have the space.

It works better if you were able to thread the bolt from the opposite direction, but you donít have that option.

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Originally Posted by JohnDThompson View Post
Rotate the stem so that the narrow part of the clamp is on the inside of the handlebar's curve and you should be able to slide it through.
+1, that is the narrow part of the clamp.
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Old 06-27-20, 06:21 PM
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
If you have a thin jam nut and a dime, and it fits in the opening, you can hold the jam nut and just thread a bolt against the dime. I prefer using a nickel, but Iím not sure you have the space.

It works better if you were able to thread the bolt from the opposite direction, but you donít have that option.

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That did it ! yay
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Old 06-27-20, 07:19 PM
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The stem went through a rough time during the whole operation however. Do you think nail polish could improve the looks a bit? Never used it on a bike but I've seen this suggestion a few times on here.
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At the risk of drawing the ire...

... I’d remove the stem, clean it up and either strip it and polish it, or re-paint it white. I’ve rattle canned a stem black to match the bike components.

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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
At the risk of drawing the ire...

... Iíd remove the stem
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Originally Posted by 70sSanO View Post
At the risk of drawing the ire...

... Iíd remove the stem, clean it up and either strip it and polish it, or re-paint it white. Iíve rattle canned a stem black to match the bike components.

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Now you ask about paint?
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