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How to shim a 25.4mm bar into 26.0mm stem clamp?(8 posts)

How to shim a 25.4mm bar into 26.0mm stem clamp?Alex-in-Evanston
Feb 22, 2002 8:56 AM
Can I just wrap some electrical tape around the bar's clamp area to beef it up a bit?


beer can, or you can buy a shimcory
Feb 22, 2002 9:15 AM
The standard fix is to cut a piece out of a beer or soda can. If you really want to do it right, Rivendell (and probably others, but I know they have it) sells a Nitto shim that's just right. But it's expensive (9 bucks, I think), and nobody will ever know there's a piece of Pepsi can in there.
Feb 22, 2002 10:23 AM
beer cans are so flimsy these days you'll probably end up shredding/ripping a beer can shim, with pieces of metal falling down unto your seat tube, adding pesky milligrams of weight ...
you don't stick handlebars into the seattube!nm
Feb 22, 2002 10:34 AM
ha ha- that's pretty funny
So that's why my bike rides funny!scottfree
Feb 22, 2002 10:56 AM
It worked for LeMond in the 89 TDFDave Hickey
Feb 22, 2002 1:14 PM
Lemond was so concerned about his aerobars slipping in the 89 TDF so he used a soda can shim to make sure they didn't slip
Buy a 25.4 mm Nitto stem????Rusty McNasty
Feb 22, 2002 6:18 PM
Or, you can go ahead with the jury-rigged beer can. You really want to trust that? Can you say "road rash"? Sure you can!
im sure you can get them cheaper but..johan burnt eels
Feb 22, 2002 6:51 PM

it may be for you if you are not too confident with tin snips and soda/beer cans. and its not voodoo or black magic like some suggest. it will work fine and should be a good alloy to steel solution as well if you are worried about corrosion.