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Can't tighten the handlebar stem.

26'' Women's NEXT La Jolla Cruiser Bike. I need to tighten the handlebar stem. The wheel can be turned while the handlebars remain straight.

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Hi lynduck,

are you using a threadless steam or a threaded one?

like this one in the picture.

http://www.sheldonbrown.com/images/headset-threadless.jpg

if so, spacers should be on the right spot and the pinch botls should be tights. top cap should not be moveable and this will make sure your front end turns lightly. apply light axle grease to make it smooth.

regards,

voodoo

Posted on Apr 19, 2009

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