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Giant TCR stem flipping question.....(3 posts)

Giant TCR stem flipping question.....aliensporebomb
Jul 11, 2003 10:35 AM
When I first bought my TCR a year ago the stem was in
the flat position. At the time I was still getting used
to riding a road bike and requested that they flip it up
so I was in a more upright position.

When I came into buy the bike it was all ready to go with
the bars in a more upright position.

Since then I've lost weight and am much more comfortable
in riding using the various parts of the drop bars.

What I'd like to do is flip it back now that I'm more
used to riding this way.

It looks like there are two allen screws on the stem
and one on the front of the stem that holds the handlebar
on.

It looks as simple as removing the allen screw on the
front to remove the bar, then the two on the rear, flip
it, then re-insert screws and go ride.

How would I go about doing this? Or should I have the
shop do it? I guess I'd rather do it myself to try it
out to see if the position works for me.

Here's what it looks like now....or at least what it looked
like when it was brand new.

TIA.
Top cap also....Dave Hickey
Jul 11, 2003 10:54 AM
Here's what I recommend you do. Before changing anything, turn your bars from side to side so you know how your headset feels when adjusted properly. Push on the front brake lever and rock the bike back and forth again getting a feel for how tight your headset is. Once you get the feeling of how your headset should be adjusted:

1. Unscrew the front plate on the bars.
2. Remove the bars
3. Unscrew and remove the topcap from the stem
4. loosen the back stem bolts
5. remove the stem and flip over. don't tighten the bolts yet.
6. reinstall the bars
7. put the top cap back on and adjust the headset similar to it's setup before you took the topcap off. Make sure you use the front brake method and rock the bike.
8. Only after the headset is adjusted, do you tighten the rear stem bolts.

With a threadless headset, fork is held in place with the stem. The top cap is just to adjust the headset tension.
pretty easyFrith
Jul 11, 2003 11:20 AM
remove the cap at the top.
remove the faceplate at the front.
loosen the two side screws.
flip stem... replace stuff that got removed tighten stuff that got loosened.
You may consider using the opportunity to remove some spacers (achieving the same effect) instead of flipping the stem...If you decide to do this put them ontop of the stem and ride around like that to determine if you are happy with the position...If you like it you can get the lbs to hack off a bit more steerer tube and get rid of the spacers on the top.