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Old 07-22-16, 04:52 PM
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Need help installing stem/handlebars

Just got a new Windsor Wellington 3.0 from box.



Can't seem to attach the stem to the rest of the bike. I'm guessing that you have to loosen the "knob" thing at the top, but I don't have a wrench that big. Just want to confirm that it's the right approach before I try to brute force it
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Old 07-22-16, 05:10 PM
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First, remove the plastic cover on the bottom of the stem, it will then slip down inside the steer tube. Do NOT loosen the "knob thing" its function is to adjuse the headset bearings. You tighten the stem using a hex key on the bolt that you see at the top of the stem
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Old 07-22-16, 05:14 PM
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Originally Posted by alcjphil View Post
First, remove the plastic cover on the bottom of the stem, it will then slip down inside the steer tube. Do NOT loosen the "knob thing" its function is to adjuse the headset bearings. You tighten the stem using a hex key on the bolt that you see at the top of the stem
Thank you haha the plastic slid right off (I thought it was part of the stem). I spent literally 35 minutes and some very achy fingers trying to loosen that stupid bolt.
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Old 07-22-16, 05:18 PM
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It might be a good idea to take the bike to a shop once you're done building it up just so they double check your work.
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Old 07-22-16, 05:34 PM
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Originally Posted by PepeM View Post
It might be a good idea to take the bike to a shop once you're done building it up just so they double check your work.
+1 to this
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Old 07-22-16, 05:47 PM
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It might be a good idea to take the bike to a shop once you're done building it up just so they double check your work.
I have to agree.
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Old 07-22-16, 05:49 PM
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Didn't realize that it'll actually be somewhat challenging.

Ran into another issue with the wheels touching the frame...


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Old 07-22-16, 05:59 PM
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Figured it out. Fork was backwards from all my messing around with the stem lol
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Old 07-22-16, 06:27 PM
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Last issue. Front brakes dont seem to respond..
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Old 07-22-16, 06:30 PM
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All sounds good have Local bike shop(LBS) check wheels are True and bearings and brakes are adjusted correctly.
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Old 07-22-16, 06:31 PM
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Dis hurts my head....
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Old 07-22-16, 06:32 PM
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By the way that's a great bike
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Old 07-22-16, 06:38 PM
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Dude, you seriously need to go to the Park Tools website ... and also go to YouTube, where there are literally thousands of videos on bike repair and assembly.

It sounds like you went into this with absolutely zero knowledge and not much forethought. Didn't it occur to you, since you knew you didn't know what you were doing, to do some research first?

Your choice, after all ... but I'd hate to see you hurt yourself, or break your bike, or even just go through a bunch of unnecessary stress. Please, go to YouTube and type in "Basic Bike Assembly." There are serious videos, humorous videos, all sorts of personalities of the presenters, but they all include a lot fo accurate and useful information.

I have been doing bike mechanics for years and I still regularly watch a couple videos if I am about to start a task I haven't done in a while. I would rather swallow my pride and admit there might be something I forgot (or never knew) than to be forced to swallow my pride after I have screwed up.

You might, in your attempt to install the stem, have screwed up the headset---you might have overtightened it, which might crush the bearings into the races, making the bars hard to turn, and wearing the whole thing out early. You might have loosened it, which can damage the frame if you ride it a while too loose.

If the brakes don't work .... nah, nothing bad could happen if the brakes don't work.

if I were there I'd talk you through the whole process ... and I wouldn't hesitate to check online before I did anything i wasn't 1000 percent sure about. But i am not there---you are. YouTube. Please, for your own sake.
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Old 07-22-16, 07:29 PM
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Yeah I know haha I was just really excited to get it running. I've watched several videos prior to this, but they are usually poor quality (ie doesn't zoom in and goes really fast) not to mention that they often have different parts than my bike.

It was frustrating to find appropriate videos so I decided to just try to figure it out myself, go for a test ride, make adjustments, repeat.

Thanks everyone for the help. Bike is up and running. Just did an inspection on everything to make sure it's all tight, and gonna take it out for a test run.
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Old 07-22-16, 08:13 PM
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"gonna take it out for a test run"

Might want to wear a helmet and read the instructions.
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Old 07-22-16, 08:32 PM
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Let's hope this guy comes back and posts again. it's be kind of scary if we never heard from him again.
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Old 07-23-16, 06:35 AM
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You still want to take this to a bike shop and have them look it over. Trust me on this.
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Old 07-23-16, 07:12 AM
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Somehow I'm betting this poster is a "troll", and we just took the bait. Wait for the predictable "Why can't I get my pedal to screw in" post.....
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Old 07-23-16, 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted by sail View Post
"gonna take it out for a test run"

.......
Famous last words......
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Old 07-23-16, 11:47 AM
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how was the test run?
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Old 07-23-16, 01:56 PM
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BTW, did anybody notice that the bars were already wrapped when he was supposedly having problems installing the stem? Trollbait for certain.....
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
BTW, did anybody notice that the bars were already wrapped when he was supposedly having problems installing the stem? Trollbait for certain.....
From the videos I've seen , Bikes Direct bikes come with the bar already wrapped.
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Old 07-23-16, 04:02 PM
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Originally Posted by AlexCyclistRoch View Post
Somehow I'm betting this poster is a "troll", and we just took the bait. Wait for the predictable "Why can't I get my pedal to screw in" post.....
True dat...
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Old 07-23-16, 04:23 PM
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Originally Posted by Berg417448 View Post
From the videos I've seen, Bikes Direct bikes come with the bar already wrapped.
Personal experience says they do. All that is needed is to pull off the plastic cap, stick the stem in place, and tighten it down.

Maybe this guy had never seen a bicycle before?
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Old 07-23-16, 04:30 PM
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Give him some time, it's hard to run with a bicycle. In this case, likely safer than trying to ride it, though
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