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    Default Foolproof way to align handlebars with front tire?

    How do you do it? anyone have a guaranteed way to quickly and easily align the bars with the front tire?

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    Lasers.

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    I just look at it.
    /smartass answer


    actually I found one of these laying around the house last time

    ^t-square ruler

    hung a string w/ weight off the end and over my front tire and aligned it from there.


    Now I just look at it, it wasn't worth the hassle.

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    Default Instructions For Precision Front Tire Alignment

    Tools Required:
    3.5mm hex wrench
    6 pack of Guiness
    Park tool laser cut bottle opener

    Instructions:
    Step 1. Loosen 2 hex bolts at stem. DO NOT over-loosen the bolts. Stem should still have some grip on the steerer tube.
    Step 2. Grab beer from 6 pack
    Step 3. Open beer using Park Tool bottle opener
    Step 4. Drink beer
    Step 5. Repeat steps 2-5 five times for best results
    Step 6. Sit on bike and carefully align centerline of the stem with the front tire. You may need to close one eye and tilt your head a few degrees to find the exact centerline.
    Step 7. Torque hex bolts to spec.
    Step 8. Take bike for a spin.

    If for any reason this method doesn't work, try it again with a different brand of beer. Fat Tire and Widmer are also choice mechanical fluids.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo_rider View Post
    Tools Required:
    3.5mm hex wrench
    6 pack of Guiness
    Park tool laser cut bottle opener

    Instructions:
    Step 1. Loosen 2 hex bolts at stem. DO NOT over-loosen the bolts. Stem should still have some grip on the steerer tube.
    Step 2. Grab beer from 6 pack
    Step 3. Open beer using Park Tool bottle opener
    Step 4. Drink beer
    Step 5. Repeat steps 2-5 five times for best results
    Step 6. Sit on bike and carefully align centerline of the stem with the front tire. You may need to close one eye and tilt your head a few degrees to find the exact centerline.
    Step 7. Torque hex bolts to spec.
    Step 8. Take bike for a spin.

    If for any reason this method doesn't work, try it again with a different brand of beer. Fat Tire and Widmer are also choice mechanical fluids.
    Well, if you don't have access to high power lasers, then this will work. However, I suggest a darker beer than suggested above.
    Last edited by El Salt; 10-10-2008 at 10:05 PM. Reason: Oops, I missed that (Guiness), yes, that will do...

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    Default Eyeball it!

    Tools only complicate this. Intuition should tell you if something is a mm off. Ride w/ the stem just slightly loose so you can do the ol' kick it 'till it's straight routine. Torque it down when it's right.

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    Dont forget, If you close the right eye, stick the tongue out to the left. Vice versa. It is a natural point of balance. Make sure the head is straight and the nose is aligned with the center of the tire. If you have broken your nose, adjust to the angle of the break + or - 2 degrees.
    When you have more than you think, you need more space. Society you are a crazy breed,I hope you wont be lonely without me.

    We are opinions so filled with hatred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit8 View Post
    Dont forget, If you close the right eye, stick the tongue out to the left. Vice versa. It is a natural point of balance. Make sure the head is straight and the nose is aligned with the center of the tire. If you have broken your nose, adjust to the angle of the break + or - 2 degrees.
    Nice. Very nice!

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    Quote Originally Posted by newpos View Post
    How do you do it? anyone have a guaranteed way to quickly and easily align the bars with the front tire?
    Just giving a razz newpos. Sorry.
    When you have more than you think, you need more space. Society you are a crazy breed,I hope you wont be lonely without me.

    We are opinions so filled with hatred.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit8 View Post
    Just giving a razz newpos. Sorry.
    Yea, here too. I ALWAYS end up doing this (re-center) like two or three times, anytime I mess with my stem, headset, or spacers. I'm a bit anal when it comes to things like getting my bars / stem at 90 degrees to my wheel. Its just a matter of sighting down the top tube of your frame and your front wheel. It takes a little time. Just tighten your stem slightly, and then "nudge" your bars right or left until you are happy. Then tighten, using a torque wrench (idealy).

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    Quote Originally Posted by bighit8 View Post
    Just giving a razz newpos. Sorry.
    haha no harm no foul...

    i considered doing this until i figured i'd look like an ass...


    i'll probably end up bungie-cording the front wheel to the seat tube to straighten things out from there, just wondering if there was an easier way...

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    DH'r in a rigid 9'rs body Kish Me's Avatar
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    Quote Originally Posted by newpos View Post
    How do you do it? anyone have a guaranteed way to quickly and easily align the bars with the front tire?
    I could problably lace a wheel faster than I can align my handlebars

    But, one thing is for sure... When it's right, it definately feels right

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    Stand in front with the front wheel between your knees, use a crack in the sidewalk or slab in you garage as a plumb and try to keep the center strip of tread in between the face plate bolts. If none of this works for you call the path (714) 669-0784.

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    +1...quoted for posterity


    Quote Originally Posted by Tedroy View Post
    Tools only complicate this. Intuition should tell you if something is a mm off. Ride w/ the stem just slightly loose so you can do the ol' kick it 'till it's straight routine. Torque it down when it's right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by solo_rider View Post
    Tools Required:
    3.5mm hex wrench
    6 pack of Guiness
    Park tool laser cut bottle opener

    Instructions:
    Step 1. Loosen 2 hex bolts at stem. DO NOT over-loosen the bolts. Stem should still have some grip on the steerer tube.
    Step 2. Grab beer from 6 pack
    Step 3. Open beer using Park Tool bottle opener
    Step 4. Drink beer
    Step 5. Repeat steps 2-5 five times for best results
    Step 6. Sit on bike and carefully align centerline of the stem with the front tire. You may need to close one eye and tilt your head a few degrees to find the exact centerline.
    Step 7. Torque hex bolts to spec.
    Step 8. Take bike for a spin.

    If for any reason this method doesn't work, try it again with a different brand of beer. Fat Tire and Widmer are also choice mechanical fluids.
    This is my method but with Coors Original in hand.

    If I am a little off I just go with it, you get used to it and your mind corrects for the slight difference in a few miles

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    Everyone forgot an the almighty important step of scratching your junk before you give the final twist on the bolts!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by singlespeedrider View Post
    This is my method but with Coors Original in hand.

    If I am a little off I just go with it, you get used to it and your mind corrects for the slight difference in a few miles
    Not to get too technical, but with Coors original there is a 4.8 degree (+/-) tolerance.
    What happened to the good ol' days of putting your front tire between your legs and smacking your grip til it was right where you wanted it to be? Wait that was on my stingray. Nevermind, buy a laser and some beer!

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    Quote Originally Posted by DirtymikeTDB View Post
    Everyone forgot an the almighty important step of scratching your junk before you give the final twist on the bolts!!!
    Note to self: Never borrow dirtymike's 5mm allen wrench.....

    Come to think of it, you might not want to borrow mine either....

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    take the wheel off, place the dropouts at the bottom of a wall. pick the back of the bike up until the handlebars touch the wall. tighten bolts as necessary.

    oh, and drink a 6-pack while you do it for good measure

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    Intense Whore mfoga's Avatar
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    Go with a dual crown fork and get direct mount stem

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