Question about Cycling
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.
Posted on Nov 18, 2010
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