Question about RTO Bicycling Complete Guide to Bicycle Maintenance & Repair
With a taller stack of spacers you would probably need a LONGER center screw to reach the 'Star-Fangled Nut' that should still be lodged inside the steerer tube.
* The SFN is designed to resist being pulled UP in the steerer, but can be pushed down.
If you CAN reach the nut with the screw you have but it doesn't start threading it could be that the nut has shifted so it's not aligned concentrically with the steerer. You might be able to reach down in there with something long and thin and re-align it. If it's a lost cause it can be pounded down out of the way with a mallet and a screw driver. Then get a new one and start over.
Keep in mind that the screw in question is NOT for tightening the stem down on the bearings. It is to make the proper adjustment of 'tight enough without wobble or bearing bind'. Then you tighten the screws on the side of the stem to maintain that adjustment.
Posted on Feb 17, 2010
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