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Stuck quick stem (not in the 'usual' way...) Any ideas?

Old 01-30-10, 08:43 PM
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Stuck quick stem (not in the 'usual' way...) Any ideas?

Here is the situation:

Noname quill stem meats Sakae CT 'anatomical' bands. Falls in love, does not want to separate in any way (would not take the turn). Soap, hairspray, vaseline do not seem to do the trick. Is there anything I can do, other than use a hacksaw (on the stem, not on the bar? )

horrible flash P&S photography of the unhappy union:






(and the title was supposed to say 'quill' instead of 'quick'... I suspect that my fingers were too much of the latter...)
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I was just dealing with a similar situation, and my remedy was to remove the stem clamp bolt and pry the clamp up *while* I worked it around the bars. If you can clamp the bars down while you're doing it, you'll have an easier time.

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+1 to what Neal said,
Also, keep the bolt side of the clamp on the inside of the curve. The current position is the worst position to have it in with the wider portion of the stem clamp on the inner (smaller) radius of the bars.
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It went on, it will come off.

Remove the bolt.

The best spreading tool is a metal motorcycle tire iron. It has a curved spoon shape end. Wedge the end into the bar clamp opening with the handle in line with the quill. With one hand you can squeese the handle of the tire iron and the quill, spreading the clamp. Use the other hand to manipulate the bar. Easy peasy.
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+1 Motorcycle tire iron.

+1 Rotate the handlebars so the curve is in the direction of the bolt side of the clamp.
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Thanks all... it was indeed easy I removed the bold (it was screwed all the way out and did not think that it will make a difference, but apparently it did) and used a screwdriver to spread the clamp opening. Took about 4 seconds.
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Originally Posted by steppinthefunk
+1 to what Neal said,
Also, keep the bolt side of the clamp on the inside of the curve. The current position is the worst position to have it in with the wider portion of the stem clamp on the inner (smaller) radius of the bars.
+1. I use a rod punch inserted into the empty bar clamp bolt to open it up. provides the best leverage and hides the effort. Also it is easier when the stem is secured to something, bike, workstand clamp, vice with blocks, pipe mounted into a vice, you get the idea.
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