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Does anyone know where I can find/buy/get a cheap stem?

Old 04-24-16, 03:27 PM
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Does anyone know where I can find/buy/get a cheap stem?

I am looking for a second stem to add to my bike so I can mount accessories and a bar bag under my handlebar. Does anyone have a spare/junk stem that might work? Or some ideas on where to find one? I am pretty sure the fork is a 1"/25.4mm.
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Looks like a 1 1/8 to me.
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Something like this might work? MTB Bike Bicycle Alu Handle Bar Extender Mount Computer Lamp Bracket Holder | eBay
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Ask your local bike shop if they have a parts bin you can grab one out of.

Or look up one on Niagara cycle works or Amazon.
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Originally Posted by KC8QVO View Post
I am pretty sure the fork is a 1"/25.4mm.
Pretty sure isn't sure enough. If you want to be sure of getting a stem that will fit - measure.
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Originally Posted by KC8QVO View Post
I am looking for a second stem to add to my bike so I can mount accessories and a bar bag under my handlebar. Does anyone have a spare/junk stem that might work? Or some ideas on where to find one? I am pretty sure the fork is a 1"/25.4mm.
to bad there is a site online that auctions of bike parts
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Old 04-24-16, 11:23 PM
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A second stem? Better check your steerer tube length first before you decide to do this. You may not have enough room. I don't think I want to even know why you would want a second stem, I don't understand why, and I am not sure I want to see the final product.
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Old 04-25-16, 12:50 AM
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The OP wouldn't be the first person to use a second stem. We've had at least a few other forumites use a second stem and bar stub for mounting bags and accessories, like VT_Speed_TR's bike mentioned in this thread:




Sheldon Brown was known to do some funky things with stems, too, like on his Thorn Raven.

Anyway, getting back to the original question... If the bike in question is the Surly Disc Trucker in the OP's profile, it almost certainly doesn't use a 1" stem. It's probably a 1 1/8" threadless stem, which are cheap and plentiful. Like Retro Grouch said above, measure to be sure. Glancing at Amazon, you can find 'em for just over ten bucks including shipping. The catch is that your fork's steerer tube will need to be long enough to mount a second stem. If your steerer has been cut for your current stem, it probably isn't long enough anymore. You can improvise something, though, possibly taking inspiration from Sheldon's bike linked above.

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Originally Posted by SkyDog75 View Post
Sheldon Brown was known to do some funky things with stems, too, like on his Thorn Raven.
How did sheldon set the preload on the bearings if he omitted the starnut and bolt on top of the threadless setup?

As for the OP, go to your local bike COOP. They'll likely have a good selection and sell you one for a few bucks.
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There is also this version of the mount mentioned by ShadowGray $6.99 postpaid from overseas MTB Bike Bicycle Handlebar Lamp Bracket Holder Phone Extender Mount Extension | eBay that mounts directly on your handlebars. I use a similar one on my recumbent trike to hold a flashlight for night riding when I am too lazy to put my larger lamp on the trike. It's rugged. Been on the trike for more than a year.
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We have discards piled & binned in the basement of the LBS, have you asked yours?

how about this?, made to do that & takes up less steerer tube length than a 2nd threadless stem.
Thorn Accessory Bar T Shaped 55 mm Extension - £16.99

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How did sheldon set the preload on the bearings if he omitted the starnut and bolt on top of the threadless setup?
Likely did that first, secured the threadless stem to keep it in adjustment, then inserted the other stem , in the top
you can use a compression/expansion bolt then remove it , Or destroy the star nut and extract the parts.

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Thanks for the info. I'll check around when I get time. Just for reference, I have plenty of stem length - about 3-4" above and below the handlebar with spacers. I didn't have the fork cut low for a reason.

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And so, turns out you have currently common 9/8" threadless steerer.. Stems..

New, They are not that pricy ... $25 on average ... commonly ROC OR PRC sourced .

I am pretty sure the fork is a 1"/25.4mm.
turns out that is the internal diameter of your fork steerer tube, not the type of stem you need

1.125 " steerer , and bar clamp end may be 1", 26mm or 1.25"(31.8mm) bar ..

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Originally Posted by KC8QVO View Post
Thanks for the info. I'll check around when I get time. Just for reference, I have plenty of stem length - about 3-4" above and below the handlebar with spacers. I didn't have the fork cut low for a reason.

Good lord!! How can you ride with that much stuff on the bike? And you want to add more?
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I'd be tempted to add a set of triathlon handlebar extensions (without the arm rests attached). Put just one on (or two if you like) and you could attach all your stuff to it. It would probably clear up some space around the handlebars.
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Instead of us asking questions like this, we should first head down to our local shop, it is a place of magic and wonder. They might have a spare parts bin or an employee might be willing to help or can order you something cheap plus they can make sure to get the right sizing and maybe offer ideas on what you are looking to do.

However I might look to declutter before adding new stuff. Too much stuff and you won't be able to pay as much attention to the road and the sights around you : )
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Originally Posted by KC8QVO View Post
Thanks for the info. I'll check around when I get time. Just for reference, I have plenty of stem length - about 3-4" above and below the handlebar with spacers. I didn't have the fork cut low for a reason.

I'd crash that for sure, there are just to many toys there to distract me.
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Old 04-27-16, 06:29 AM
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Originally Posted by Wileyrat View Post
I'd crash that for sure, there are just to many toys there to distract me.
Do you use Strava, GaiaGPS, or other biking/route tracking/GPS apps on a smartphone? The tablet is doing the same thing - just a bigger screen. Once you set it up all it does is show a map and trip stats. If you had facebook running or were reading email I could see that causing some issues when riding. Thats your problem if you choose and to each their own ride You ride yours, Ill ride mine.
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topeak makes a barextender that is connected to the stem and is like a tee-handle to mount accessories on it.
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