Ride a bike, share your experience and love. When I go biking, I repeat a mantra of the day's sensations: bright sun, blue sky, warm breeze, blue jay's call, ice melting and so on. This helps me transcend the traffic, ignore the clamorings of work, leave all the mind theaters behind and focus on nature instead. I still must abide by the rules of the road, of biking, of gravity. But I am mentally far away from civilization. The world is breaking someone else's heart. ~Diane Ackerman

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Thursday, October 7, 2010

Darn Old Bikes! 21.15 mm Stems are So Last Century

To follow up on my, "Don't Over Tighten Your Bolts" post I searched far and wide to find a replacement stem for my Montgomery Ward Open Road (Sh!t Bike). You see the problem is old American Bicycles were made with thicker steerer tubes than their European counterparts. Old American bikes have a standard Stem diameter of 21.15 mm when everyone else produce 22.2 mm stems.

22.2 mm became the norm and producers stopped making 21.15 mm (We are talking the old school quill type). Well after some research, I found out Harris Cyclery had a few in stock for $24.95. $24.95 was way more than I wanted to spend on Shit Bike so after talking with the guys at Team CANIDAE, we came up with a solution. They suggested I give them a 22.2 mm stem and they'd machine it down to 21.15 mm.

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