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Aligning Handlebar With Wheels

Old 07-08-18, 07:48 AM
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Originally Posted by Charliekeet


Then stand over the top tube, sight down from the middle of the stem...
I wish I could do this part, and me not being able to makes it a lot harder to eyeball it. I have to be on the seat and have one foot on the ground since bikes don't balance well when stationary. So the bike is leaning slightly, which skews my perspective.
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Old 07-08-18, 11:08 AM
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Originally Posted by Sy Reene
Close one eye.
Straighten it good enough for any rational person by eyeballing with both eyes open, then close both eyes and dream up another problem to get all OCD about; or better yet take the bicycle to an LBS for a proper $50 consultation to expertly fix this "problem".
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Old 07-08-18, 05:58 PM
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Originally Posted by Witterings
Are there any "tricks" for aligning your handlebars perfectly at 90 degrees with your front wheel, I can always get it "close" but think I'm a bit OCD about it ... would love to know if there are any good methods of doing it rather than just by eye.
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Old 07-09-18, 01:00 AM
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Originally Posted by chelvel
Thatís how I was taught to do it as a kid - lean the bike over and align stem with the tyre. Still works for me!

I did experiment with taping a plumb line to the centre of the stem and aligning with the centre line of the tyre, but the plumb took so long to stop moving each time it drove me nuts!!
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Old 07-09-18, 08:22 AM
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I usually just eyeball the ends of the forks with the leading edge of the bars. make sure they show up or disappear at the same time.
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Old 07-10-18, 09:59 AM
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Originally Posted by SquidPuppet
1. Eyeball it
2. Ride no hands. Look good? No?
3. Loosen. Move. Tighten. Go to step 2. Repeat as necessary.
Originally Posted by jefnvk
I just keep dicking with it until it stops bothering me. Not the most efficient, but it gets me there eventually.
Originally Posted by f4rrest
It's pointless if the hoods aren't aligned to the bars...
Originally Posted by Witterings
Originally Posted by Kedosto
it simply doesn't matter.
F**&-g does when you're OCD about it
The OCD thing will have you doing the suggestions of the first two even if you had a multi-million dollar CNC macine checking the alignment of everything. Little visual distortions such as suggested by the third whether actually there or not are going to make it look wrong. So you'll wind up going back to tweaking it as many of us do that have learned wisdom of @Kedosto.

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Old 07-10-18, 10:15 AM
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I want the fancy laser tool. Then my only worry will be keeping up with the scheduled re-calibration.
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