HOW TO RAISE A STUCK HANDLEBAR
June 1, 2006
Back to questions
I have attached a few pics of
my handlebar set-up and I was wondering if you could tell
me how I raise this handlebar. What type of tool do I need?
The model is a Python Boa.
I unscrewed the top bolt and it
didn't do anything. And I unscrewed the clamp around the
bottom of the centre shaft and it didn't release anything
either. I think I am probably missing the obvious here,
but I can't see how to raise this sucker a little. Could
That clamp around the bottom of
the head tube simply holds the front brake cable. It looks
to me that you can loosen the handlebar from the top of
the handlebar stem, which you say youve already tried.
I suspect that the handlebar stem
has gotten stuck. So try this: Loosen that top bolt again.
Then stand in front of the bike and put the front wheel
between your legs. Use your knees to hold the wheel firmly.
Grab each end of the handlebar and twist it while holding
the wheel still with your legs. If the stem starts to turn,
then you probably can raise it by pulling up on the handlebar
while twisting it.
If that doesnt work, take
your bike to a bike shop. They should tell you how to loosen
the handlebar, without charging you. (If you ask them to
actually loosen it, that might cost.)
Finally, if you cant get the
handlebar high enough for your comfort: Consider getting
a stem that angles up, like the one pictured at right.