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Problem with stem on old mountain bike

Old 07-06-06, 11:31 AM
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Problem with stem on old mountain bike

Hi,

I'm trying to resurrect my old mountain bike that I have not used for quite some time. It is an early 90's scwinn woodlands in decent conditon.

One thing that I notice is that when I turn the handlebars while not allowing the front wheel to move, the handlebars/stem actually turn without the wheel. It's not loose but I'm thinking this is definitely not normal or safe..

When I take the stem out, I notice that the extender/expanther piece on the bottom of the stem is a bit rusty, and I think inside the tubing (I guess the headset) of the bike is a little rusty also. I believe the stem is threaded.

Can you please help with what I can do to get the stem not to turn like that? Do I need new parts?

Thanks for your help!
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Old 07-06-06, 11:48 AM
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Try cleaning all the rust out of the steer tube on the fork and off of the stem parts. Replace the stem and make sure that it's good and tight.
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