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nathanlink169 Offline
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Handlebars won't turn wheel
Hey guys, I have a quick question. When I'm riding my bike, I can't turn the wheel when I turn the handlebar. Like I can't steer at all. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
Mar 29, 2013 01:48 PM
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FredS Offline
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RE: Handlebars won't turn wheel
Sounds like you need to tighten up the stem bolt.

Have fun and just enjoy the ride
Mar 29, 2013 07:40 PM
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1FJEF Offline
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RE: Handlebars won't turn wheel
(Mar 29, 2013 01:48 PM)nathanlink169 Wrote:  Hey guys, I have a quick question. When I'm riding my bike, I can't turn the wheel when I turn the handlebar. Like I can't steer at all. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
You mean the bars will turn both ways but the front wheel does not?
Mar 30, 2013 09:03 AM
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nathanlink169 Offline
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RE: Handlebars won't turn wheel
(Mar 30, 2013 09:03 AM)1FJEF Wrote:  
(Mar 29, 2013 01:48 PM)nathanlink169 Wrote:  Hey guys, I have a quick question. When I'm riding my bike, I can't turn the wheel when I turn the handlebar. Like I can't steer at all. Does anyone know how to fix this? Thanks.
You mean the bars will turn both ways but the front wheel does not?

Yep. The bars turn unrestricted but the wheel doesn't. It's not locked in place, it moves interdependently from the handlebars.
Mar 30, 2013 12:22 PM
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GeorgeET Offline
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RE: Handlebars won't turn wheel
FYI

http://sheldonbrown.com/handsup.html

The expender or wedge is held in place by a long bolt tightened at the top of the stem.

Never Give Up!!!
Mar 30, 2013 07:13 PM
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1FJEF Offline
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RE: Handlebars won't turn wheel
If it won't tighten, just spins, the expander "nut" has come undone, pull the stem & check or turn the bike upside down & see if you can get it to re engage.
Mar 31, 2013 08:02 PM
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