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Old 07-04-06, 06:36 PM
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Can I tighten handle-bar clamp bolts by hand without a problem?

Squeaking, I suspect. Can I tighten them with just a allen wrench without screwing anything up?
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Old 07-04-06, 06:40 PM
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I would imagine so...
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Old 07-04-06, 06:44 PM
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I have... they haven't fallen off yet ... I've put on pedals, wheels, aerobars, brakes with nothing more than my hands and a couple allen wrenches. I'm no mechanic either... far from it too.
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Old 07-04-06, 08:47 PM
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Grease, then tighten.
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Old 07-04-06, 09:19 PM
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i was always told the stem/bar interface was an area not to be greased. i always DEgrease mine when swapping things out or it starts creaking.
btw be careful if you have a milled stem(thomson) vs. a forged one. the face plates on a milled stem can crack very easy if overtightened.
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Old 07-04-06, 09:46 PM
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I meant grease the BOLT.
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Old 07-05-06, 04:31 PM
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Well tightening it didnt do anything, brang it to the shop, they couldnt fix it, so I said screw it and now their changing the whole bar. I'm fing pissed, I had this bike (Opus Solo) for 5 months and I'm already doing this.
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i'd try to diagnose the problem before buying new stuff. did the shop switch bars and see if the squeek stopped?
i'm just saying theres lots of possibilities for annoying noises and usually if they're not ignored don't require buying new components.
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I always, always grease the bar/stem interface. Its not popular with some mechanics but to date I have had zero handlebar squeaks, zero handlebar slips and zero stem faceplates stuck to my handlebars.
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clean,
inspect for burrs or flash, remove with round file or sandpaper
tighten face plate bolts a little at a time (i.e. top bottom top bottom )

btw: are forged stems and face plates not machined after they are forged?
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