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Old 10-29-20, 02:13 PM
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Steerer Tube Length

After many many years, I am back on my road bike. I hope there is no safety issue with the length of my steerer tube.

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1 1/2 inches.
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Could you expound a little on your question? What does 1 1/2 inches mean? Is that the length past the headset?
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Agreed with Eric about more data. 1 1/2" what? That's a huge steerer diameter (if that is what it is referencing) for an older road bike. And why do you question the safety? Andy
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Please forgive my lack of clarity. I guess I was having a bad day.

This is a 1 inch steel steerer tube.
I have about 1 1/2 inches of spaces to raise the handlebars. I just don't want to have the steerer tube snap on me. I want to retain whatever teeth I have left. Please forgive the rantings of a 74 year old man.
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Originally Posted by daniell View Post
Please forgive my lack of clarity. I guess I was having a bad day.

This is a 1 inch steel steerer tube.
I have about 1 1/2 inches of spaces to raise the handlebars. I just don't want to have the steerer tube snap on me. I want to retain whatever teeth I have left. Please forgive the rantings of a 74 year old man.
Pictures would help. Remember the cardinal rule "pics or it didn't happen". I know, as a newbie, you aren't allowed to upload pics yet. But find some bikes you like and tell the owners you like 'em, up to 5 a day for 2 days and then you're over the posting threshold.

But you're probably quite safe, as long as there's not something weird going on. There are some variables like how long your stem is, how much you weigh etc that could change my assessment. Plus is it assembled and adjusted right, and tight enough? But in general, 1-1/2" of spacers is not a problem on a normal-weight Cr-Mo steerer such as yours.

Bring it to a good mechanic for a safety once-over to be sure though. There are things that could go wrong that we can't rule out from your description, and even with good photos I wouldn't give it the stamp of approval I need to have the bike in front of me to do that.

BTW this isn't really a framebuilding question. This is something that any competent mechanic could answer for you.

One more tip, fill out your profile with some location info. Often if we know your hometown, someone can suggest resources that are local to you.

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He can't post pictures because he needs 10 posts. He could post one in his gallery and we could rescue it if he told us about it.

If all you are asking is if 1 1/2" of spacers is too much, the answer is it's perfectly safe. Make sure a 5mm spacer is above your stem and has some steerer to register on. Also need to make sure the top cap isn't bottomed out on the steerer
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