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Old 10-01-08, 12:30 PM
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24.5 mm stem in Chicago

I have finally purchased my beater bike, and being an OCP roadie in real life I want to (have to?) upgrade certain components to fit me better. I want to replace the bars and the brake levers. I have recently moved to Chicago, so I don't know the shop scene too well here. Are there any shops in the area that would sell 24.5 mm bars? All the bars I use are the standard 31.8 mm, so I don't even know if they make 24.5 (1 inch) drop bars anymore.

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Old 10-01-08, 04:11 PM
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I'd say you'd need the quill adaptor ~$11 at Lickbike in Oak Park, and a new stem for $15-30 off ebay.
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Thanks for the suggestion! To make sure, do you mean this?
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yep make sure you know if you have a 1" or 1 1/8" threaded headset. Also I'd get the 28.6mm outside diameter as almost all stems nowadays are 1 1/8" threadless. unless of course you have a 1" threadless lying around.

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Old 10-02-08, 06:23 AM
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I'm not sure but I don't think the OP is asking about threaded vs. threadless.

And yes, they still make 25.4 bars and stems : https://www.jensonusa.com/store/produ...at+Bar+08.aspx

Can't get any better than that thar bar!
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I took the suggestion and drove out to Lick Bikes. They were extremely helpful, while working very hard to keep the cost down. I bought a 25.4 mm bar, some new brake pads, brake cables, cable housing, and some bar tape. I installed them all last night, and it is a big improvement (the bike will stop now).

The best suggestion was that since I am running 700c wheels on a bike built for 27'' rims, that instead of buying long reach brakes for some real money, I just take a round file and extend the hole in the brakes by about 1 or 2 mm, which is all I needed.

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Originally Posted by cparekh View Post
I took the suggestion and drove out to Lick Bikes. They were extremely helpful, while working very hard to keep the cost down. I bought a 25.4 mm bar, some new brake pads, brake cables, cable housing, and some bar tape. I installed them all last night, and it is a big improvement (the bike will stop now).

The best suggestion was that since I am running 700c wheels on a bike built for 27'' rims, that instead of buying long reach brakes for some real money, I just take a round file and extend the hole in the brakes by about 1 or 2 mm, which is all I needed.

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I'd go a step farther and say, verify you need to modify the calipers at all, by just installing teh new shoes/pads and see if they hit the rim ok.

Otherwise, Lickton's is da bomb!
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I'd go a step farther and say, verify you need to modify the calipers at all, by just installing teh new shoes/pads and see if they hit the rim ok.

Otherwise, Lickton's is da bomb!
I do need to move them down by a tiny amount, and that is what prompted the discussion at the shop. I filed the hold about 1 mm or less, and now the pads hit the rims squarely.
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