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Old 03-08-2017, 11:06 AM   #1
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Raising Handlebars on road bike


I recently purchase a used road bike on Craigslist. I have been using a hybrid for years. It's been 20+ years since I have ridden a road bike. I intend to use the bike for recreational rides in the Southern 'Daks. I do hope to do a century or two in the future.
My friend convinced me that I would probably get a better value for my dollar if I bought a well maintained used bike than if I bought a new one. I have very short legs and so I needed a small frame size. I found a 2012 Giant TCR Advanced 1 with an XS frame. I've included a pic of the bike.
Anyway, the person I bought if from suggested I go to a bike shop and get a professional fitting. The problem is that I spent all the money I had on the bike! But there must be gazillons of people riding around on bikes that haven't been professionally fitted for them. So, I am just going to do it myself.
I've decided I would be more comfortable if I raised the handlebars. I've watched a couple of you tube videos and it looks pretty simple. They do suggest you use a torque wrench to make sure the bolts are tightened properly. I don't have such a wrench nor would I know how to use one. Do I really need to use a torque wrench?
Later in the spring, there is a local bike shop that offers classes on bike maintenance which I plan to attend. But I would really like to go riding sooner, since the weather seems to be cooperating.
Thanks in advance for your help.

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Old 03-08-2017, 06:46 PM   #2
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I have found Blue Sky Bicycle in Saratoga very helpful. If you bring the bike with you they may be able to help you out. Doesn't hurt to ask at the service desk. They have always been very helpful whenever I had a question.
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I'm sorry, I'm not sure if I can help. My "new" bike is a '98 Trek 520 that I bought in 2011. I have the impression that some newer bikes may have different kinds of stem systems. The kind that I have always worked with have a wedge bolt system, and to change the height or rotation of the stem you would loosen the bolt in the center till it has risen 1/4" or so and then tap it sharply with a hammer. The stem will come loose from the fork tube. Then when you get the stem where you want it you tighten the bolt back up. This system works with matching wedges, one on the nut and one on the bottom of the stem. When the bolt is tightened the wedges are drawn past each other until they jam against the walls of the fork tube. If you have another system I wouldn't know how to adjust it. If you can take a closer photo of that part of the bike I should be able to tell.
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Old 03-09-2017, 10:25 AM   #4
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Be a little careful. As Zach mentions, there are multiple headset designs, and the processes for adjusting them vary. Also, there are specification limits for how far certain components can project (like handlebar stems and seat posts). If you are not mechanically adept, I would get this done by a shop. Some things don't matter (like if your chain fails, or you get a flat tire). But some parts of your bike can create a real safety issue if you screw them up, including headsets, brakes, wheel bearings (esp. front) and seat posts.
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Old 03-09-2017, 01:29 PM   #5
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If that is a carbon bike you absolutely need to use a torgue wrench. Also I cannot tell by the picture but the stem should be just about flush with the top of the steer tube (the part of the fork that comes through the head tube, the stem clamps around the steer tube and the handle bars mount to the stem) Inside the steer tube is a compression plug that you adjust to preload the bearings in the head set. On a carbon fork with a carbon steer tube that compression plug also reinforces the area you clamp the stem to, otherwise it is possible to crush the steer tube. If you are new to carbon bikes I would highly recommend you begin a relationship with your LBS. I see you;re from Edinburg, Neal at the Bike Works in Johnstown has plenty experience with carbon and is very helpful.

That's a very nice bike BTW!
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Old 03-13-2017, 10:25 PM   #6
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That's a very nice bike BTW![/QUOTE]

Yes, it's carbon. Thanks! I got it for $850.00 I think they were having trouble selling in on account of the XS frame. It was really a better bike than I needed. But I spent less than I had intended to spend on a new bike. I think I got lucky.

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