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swapping a stem(4 posts)

swapping a stemdopey in mechanics
Aug 25, 2001 2:36 AM
I want to change my stock ritchey stem for a shorter TTT. Is this difficult ot so simple even a moron like me can do. Does the headset matter???? I also have a ritchey headset. Thanks for any guideance.
if you have to ask, it's too difficult...C-40
Aug 25, 2001 5:09 AM
Just kidding, but perhaps a basic book on bike maintenance would be good to get. Bike mechanical repairs are all pretty simple, unless you try to repair something like a campy ergo lever (which can also be done at home with good instructions and some patience).

The effort required depends on whether you have a quill type stem or a threadless type, and whether the bar clamp on the stem is a closed or open face type. Open-face stems are much easier to change, since you don't have to remove a brake lever and untape one side of the bars. For the experienced, changing a threadless open-face stem is a five minute job, at most.
Trollman agrees...Trollman
Aug 25, 2001 10:12 AM
Take it to a shop if you have to ask about something like this

Trollman would be surprised if you could change a flat.
watch the bike mechanic swap it for a lessonTig
Aug 25, 2001 2:09 PM
This way you'll learn the right way and not damage anything. If you got the stem mail order, then be prepaired to pay the full service fee. Otherwise go to the shop you bought it from and they may swap it for free.