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Old 10-16-05, 12:47 PM
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Road handlebar

Hi,

I had a great weekend. I was helping my girls mom clean up her garage, and we have found 7 bicycles!!! (we also found 1 scooter, and some Honda made kick-and-go antique form of scooter transportation).

One of the bikes is Schwinn Varsity which I am condiering about keeping as a street rider. I only have a trail ride now - older FS Giant. The bike was in parts all over the garage. So I finnaly got everything together minus the handlebar. Shifters are mounted on the head tube, and one brake was missing the other one was just hanging lose. Then we found another smaller (and pink) road bicycle that had handlebars. So I took brakes off of it and took the handlebar off.

Here is my problem: How do I detach the handlebar iteslf from the stem that's holdin it??? I cant seem to spread metal far enough, is that the only way? Varsity has the stem but no bars?!?!? I know this should be easy, but I just can't figure it out....
I am also fighting the rear wheel, I just cant get it on so that it fits... Any tips?
Thanks
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Old 10-16-05, 01:10 PM
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You need to take everything off of at least one side of the handlebar, and then slide it out of the stem. Old stems (and even most new stems) don't allow you to just open the bolt and take the bars off. Yeah, "pop-top" stems are one of the great developments of the last ten years...
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Old 10-16-05, 01:16 PM
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Thank you! Got it.
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Another good trick that someone helped me with one this page is to back out the stem screw completely, then slide a penny or dime into the gap in the stem where it will cover the back end of the screw hole. Screw the screw back in, and keep screwing it so that it presses against the coin and gradually widens the gap on the stem. This will make the stem hole bigger and make it much easier to pass the h-bars out.
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