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How to stop handlebar from slipping?(4 posts)

How to stop handlebar from slipping?TheKid
Aug 12, 2002 7:37 AM
While riding on the hoods I hit a large bump and my handelbars turned down. I now have a problem with them slipping after hitting small bumps or when putting weight on them while riding on the hoods. Any solutions for tightening the handlebar?
Make an aluminum shimKillerQuads
Aug 12, 2002 8:37 AM
This tip is from "Zen in the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance". Cut a 1 1/2" by 3/4" strip of aluminum from a soda can. Loosen the bolt all the way, slip the aluminum strip between the stem and bar, and retighten the bolt. You can get more tightening force if to grease the bolt threads and use a socket wrench.

Like to book says, aluminum is a soft metal that grips well when compressed.
Aug 13, 2002 7:32 AM
I tried it last night and it seems to work. The real test is when I go on my 4 hour ride on the weekend.
re: How to stop handlebar from slipping?rob45
Aug 12, 2002 2:21 PM
That's suspicious--I wouldn't fool with shims, as you can have a pretty nasty accident if your bars get loose. The contact in your stem should be very snug. I'd buy a new set of bars or stem or both. If it's a newish bike, I'd go to where you bought it and find out--sometimes there's recalls on parts that are irregular.