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Making Quill Stems

Old 12-26-05, 11:57 PM
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Making Quill Stems

I have built frames but never a stem. I want to build a couple out of steel. What should I be looking for for quill tubing, and clamp tubing? I can't seem to find any clear idea of what to get from Nova or Henry James. Any ideas?
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Originally Posted by ctp
I have built frames but never a stem. I want to build a couple out of steel. What should I be looking for for quill tubing, and clamp tubing? I can't seem to find any clear idea of what to get from Nova or Henry James. Any ideas?
I have no idea.

If I were going to do it, I'd start w/ an existing stem, like a nice, old cro-mo Ritchey and just replace the extension tube.

I'd cut the extension out and measure and look for something similar. Josh listed a couple of sources here:

http://www.phred.org/~josh/build/suppliers.html

Looks like Metal Buyers Mart might be a good place to start.

I'm guessing that an extension is about 7/8" tubing with maybe 0.065 walls.

You could do the same for the quill. Cut up and old one and see what size it is.
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