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Old Steering Stem Search(2 posts)

Old Steering Stem SearchScott Baxter
Mar 28, 2001 5:02 PM
I've got a 1980 Schwinn Voyageur and I need a longer stem than the SR unit that came with it. I'm told the bike uses American dimensions, and new stems are too thick to fit. Does anyone have any leads on a longer stem that's not some chromed steel Stingrayesque job? That's about all I can find. I'd like to find a nice alloy stem with a greater length that would work with these older bikes. Any input or leads appreciated.
Which "American" size is it?Cory
Mar 28, 2001 8:57 PM
Some older American bikes came with stems that were (I think) 0.833 inches in diameter. They're just about impossible to find now--even at the time, you didn't have much selection. More modern ones were what's commonly called "one inch," though they're actually 22.2 mm (an inch is 25.4, if you're keeping score at home). Seems to me 1980 was right around the time of the switch, so you'll have to check.
I don't think you'll be able to find the REAL old ones anywhere; be blind luck if you do. But bikes are still being made with one-inch steerers, and you can get stems all over. Rivendell has a pretty good selection--www.rivendellbicycles.com--but you should be able to get them from a bike shop.