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How to accurately align stem?(7 posts)

How to accurately align stem?corn_chipz
Aug 20, 2003 10:56 PM
Hello everyone, I just purchased a new stem for my bike (quill stem for a theaded headset) and was wondering if there was anyway to get it align straight other than just "eyeballing" it.

re: How to accurately align stem?Bananaman
Aug 21, 2003 12:59 AM
Just hang the bike up by the stem and gravity will do the rest! Easy when you know how.....
3 foot straightedgeHigh Gear
Aug 21, 2003 2:00 AM
I use my level. Just put it up against the side of the wheel and make sure it contacts the stem face equally on each side of the wheel.
eyeball it.Steve_0
Aug 21, 2003 3:38 AM
your skeletal system is more out of line than an eye-balled stem.
eyeball it.TheJoker
Aug 21, 2003 5:32 AM
If the diff is too small to see, it probably doesn't matter.cory
Aug 21, 2003 7:35 AM
That comment about the out-of-line skeleton is probably accurate, BTW. I went through a physical exam one time for somebody's graduate project where they measured me for symmetry. Looking at the numbers, it's a wonder I can get around at all...
Even if you can see it, it probably doesn't matter...Dwayne Barry
Aug 21, 2003 7:46 AM
I put a new stem on my cross bike last week and sure enough it was visibly out-of-line as I rolled off down the road but I didn't feel like turning around and fixing it. I kept forgetting to grab a 3-way to fix it, and would forget about it until I looked down at my front wheel on the next ride. It didn't affect my comfort or the bike's handling at all. I did finally remember to adjust it last night before I started my ride.