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Old 09-20-23, 06:10 PM
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Originally Posted by Rusty_Nail
I have a set of ape-hangers on my fun bike, and a similar problem to the poster's.
If I yank hard when biking, like climbing a hill, the bars will move. I know, you don't like ape-hangers, but I'm reliving my pre-teen years.
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Are there serrations or some kind of knurling on the center area of the bars?

What type of metal are the parts made out of?

I have a feeling that as an adult reliving his childhood, you're pushing the parts far beyond their design specs.

A steel stem might just grip the bars along the edges of a clamp, while an aluminum stem may grip the whole width of the clamp.
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Stem and bars are cheap steel, the bars have knurling. The bars are the same diameter as those that came with the bike, on old Ross.
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I had the same problem. Someone suggested puting a piece or two of aluminum foil as a shim. I crinkled it first, then flattened. It worked well.
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This thread should be deleted as there’s a ton of terrible advice on here.
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