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How to adjust handlebars tried to adjust handlebars and loosened ? bike rides like a car with no shocks.

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  • momluvtrey1 Apr 21, 2009

    i TRIED TO ADJUST THE STEM. i REMOVED THE SCREWW AND SCREWSS THAT LOOSEN BARS i PULLED OFF BARS TRYING TO ADJUST WHEN i REPLACED AND TIGHTENED THE SCREWS THE TWO ?'S ON THE SIDE OF EACH TIRE DEPRESS WHEN i BOARD MY BIKE.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    Sounds like the shocks have too much travel in them -- they need to be adjusted for less travel. What are the make and model of your bike. I need to see a picture of it to advise how to adjust.

  • Samuel Charles Spriggs May 11, 2010

    This looks like two questions:



    - How do I adjust handlebars?, and



    - Why does my bike ride like a car with no shocks?



    Is this correct?



    Does the bike have a hard ride or are you describing a bobbing motion?



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