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Re: quill stems

Posted: 24 Jun 2016, 7:47pm
by bigjim
The problem I have with quill stems is the choice of handlebar width. You are stuck with narrow traditional bars. I'm more comfortable with 46cm bars. I can only bu ythese with an Ahead fitting so some of my traditional bikes end up with an adapter.

Re: quill stems

Posted: 24 Jun 2016, 8:23pm
by Brucey
when you say 46cm, do you meant total width?

These

https://www.sjscycles.co.uk/handlebars/380-genetic-heritage-drop-handlebars-260mm-clamp-silver/

are 44cm centre to centre, i.e. 46cm total width. Other bars (eg Nitto Noodles) are wider than the nominal size either because they are also measured centre to centre or because the drops are flared outwards and the bar is measured higher up.

Not my cup of tea but perhaps others know of wider bars that use a 26.0mm clamp?

cheers

Re: quill stems

Posted: 24 Jun 2016, 8:44pm
by bigjim
Not seen those before. But they are £30+p&p. I usually buy 46cm modern bars for about £12 to £15incl on Chain reaction sales [£11.50 at the moment] or ebay. Thanks for the link.

Re: quill stems

Posted: 24 Jun 2016, 8:52pm
by pete75
MikeDee wrote:Threadless is better. Greasing the stem only works for a short time. Sweat gets in there.


You know what you're doing wrong Mike? Don't use grease, use deodorant on your stem - that'll kill the sweat...... :lol:

Re: quill stems

Posted: 24 Jun 2016, 9:25pm
by MikeDee
pete75 wrote:
MikeDee wrote:Threadless is better. Greasing the stem only works for a short time. Sweat gets in there.


You know what you're doing wrong Mike? Don't use grease, use deodorant on your stem - that'll kill the sweat...... :lol:


Chain L No. 5? Actually, I'm going to use anti seize compound. Grease is overrated.


I'm a trendy consumer. Just look at my stupid phone.

Re: quill stems

Posted: 27 Jun 2016, 10:41pm
by bainbridge
I've never had problems with a quill stem and feel that the steering seems more 'pointable' than my other bike which has an aheadset.

Aheadset may be quicker at swapping out bars but the quill is much quicker at adjusting the height.

Maybe an aheadset is lighter? Seems so.

Re: quill stems

Posted: 28 Jun 2016, 7:33am
by pwa
bainbridge wrote:I've never had problems with a quill stem and feel that the steering seems more 'pointable' than my other bike which has an aheadset.

Aheadset may be quicker at swapping out bars but the quill is much quicker at adjusting the height.

Maybe an aheadset is lighter? Seems so.


Weight in that area doesn't bother me, but you have to allow for the extra bit of steerer tube you need with the Aheadset system.