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Raising handle bars

Hi. I have loosened every nut possible in an attempt at raising the handle bars and it won't budge. Any advise? Thanks

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Right in the center of the handle bars you will find a nut ( usually allen key) that is in line with the tube going down/attached to the fork of the bicycle. Loosen this nut and unscrew it for about 5mm - don't remove it completely. Take a mallet and hit the nut firmly on its head to force it back the 5 mm unscrewed. It should release the tapered lock inside the tube and the handles can be adjusted. If it is still stuck, unscrew the nut more and repeat the process. After adjustment tighten the nut firmly, while holding the handles in position. It will lock again as it is getting tightened. Make sure it is secure by "clamping" the front wheel between your legs while trying to move the handles in any direction. Handle movement should not be possible when applying moderate to strong force. However, excessive force will result eventually in movement and or damage to the front wheel and is therefor not required.

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In order to raise the handle bars, you will need a hex key. Put it into the hex indentation at the top. Turn it left to loosen it. Then raise the handle bars to the desired height.

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Hey joe - Sounds like you have a classic stuck stem. Here are a couple things to try.

1 - Loosen the stem through the top bolt so the wedge is loose, but not removed. The give the top of the stem a good hit or two with a plastic mallet. That should break the bond between the steerer and the stem. If that does not work...

2 - Use liquid Wrench and drip around the stem so it seeps in-between the stem and steerer. Let sit a while then try the plastic mallet again.

sometimes you will need to work the stem back and forth a bit by using the handlebars as leverage and bracing the front wheel between your knees.

If neither of these get your stem loose, then it's time to take into a bike shop.

BTW - stems have a maximum insertion/ extension. There is a line of max extenstion that should be on the shaft when you get it removed. If you discover that the stem will not raise your handlebars enough, then you can get a replacement stem with a higher shaft and greater angle to lift the bars up.

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There is a bolt at the top of the stem (the part that fits in to the fork and clamps around the handle bars) which is the only thing you need to loosen to raise the handlebars.
It should only need to be loosened 2 or so full rotations. (If you have loosened it a lot, tighten it back up a bit.) The secret is that you need to bop that bolt with a mallet. (The stem is held in place by 2 wedges- they jam together to make the connection secure. Sometimes they get a little stuck.)
If that doesn't work, try loosening the bolt another turn and bopping it harder.
(Make sure that you don't raise the stem up any higher than the "insertion point"- the series of lines on the stem to mark it's maximum height. And make sure that you don't damage the bolt from hitting it too hard.)
If that doesn't work- I'd recommend taking it to a shop. They shouldn't charge to much for the adjustment... all the shop's I've worked at would do it either for free or for under $10.

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