Snapped stem on first ride

Discussion in 'Recumbent bicycles' started by Steve In Sc, Jun 3, 2003.

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    [email protected] (Nick Keenan) wrote in message
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    It is best to use a torque wrench when working on your bike. Of course, on the road one is seldom
    available. When tightening a bolt without a torque wrench, the rule of thumb is to turn the bolts in
    very small increments, say one quater turn. So you would give the bolts a one quarter turn, and then
    check the tightness of the stem. If the stem was still loose, then go another quarter turn. STOP
    when the stem is no longer slipping. Depending on the situation, some riders may add an "extra" one
    quarter turn past the point where the part stops slipping. Unfortunately, "tightening by feel" is
    something of an art, and is acquired only through hands-on experience. Aluminum parts are especially
    susceptible to damage from over torquing.

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