Have questions or want to discuss cycling? Join Now or Sign In to participate in the BikeRide community.

New: Take Part in the Latest Giveaway coming soon


Schwinn s-25 handlebar problem
#1
hello,

I just bought a new bike, bike here, I have zero bike repair skills. I am six feet tall and i was trying to raise the handle bar up and i seemed to have messed something up.

Well for one, the manual says that it only raises up about 2 inches and there are supposed to be some markers on the stem, but i didn't see any. 2 inches is not a lot but i guess it is better than nothing. I raised it up about two inches and tightened those two bolts the stem clamp bolts i think, so i thought i was good.

I went to move it and now the frame of the bike is all wobbly like it is floating around inside the tube. I checked all the bearings and everything is tight and firm when i put the bolts back on but it is still wobbly.

Any clues on a possible fix? Or what i messed up?
  Reply
#2
After further review of the bike and the manual it seems i am either missing the headset wedge or I don't know what. Any help would be cool. It only moves front to back, not side to side.
  Reply
#3
If it's exactly like the one in the picture, it has a threadless headset. These don't have a wedge and the stem can only be raised or lowered by means of the spacers on the stearer tube of the forks.

Take a look here: http://bikeride.com/adjust-threadless-headset
  Reply
#4
this is a seriously safety critical component and I would advise you to get it fixed by a professional mechanic, if you bought it from a LBS, return it , even if you bought this bike mail order, get if fixed at a shop, you may have to pay, but it could save your life!
Note that there is more than one securing method for a-head style stems, and also, if you need more height, the LBS can fit a stem raiser like this;
  Reply
#5
(10-21-2010, 11:58 PM)xerxes Wrote:  If it's exactly like the one in the picture, it has a threadless headset. These don't have a wedge and the stem can only be raised or lowered by means of the spacers on the stearer tube of the forks.

Take a look here: http://bikeride.com/adjust-threadless-headset

yes it looks like that. I took that bolt all the way out, is that what caused this problem? I guess i should return it then? If so, that makes me sad, i really wanted to get out and ride.
(10-22-2010, 05:42 AM)trevgbb Wrote:  this is a seriously safety critical component and I would advise you to get it fixed by a professional mechanic, if you bought it from a LBS, return it , even if you bought this bike mail order, get if fixed at a shop, you may have to pay, but it could save your life!
Note that there is more than one securing method for a-head style stems, and also, if you need more height, the LBS can fit a stem raiser like this;

i don't really want to spend tons of money, i am just riding for exercise so i am not trying to be all "hardcore". I can't think of a better word, not trying to sound like an ass.
  Reply
#6
i fixed this problem. I had not tightened the star nut enough, i didn't think that would cause the play i was feeling. I am still going to take this bike back, i found out it is some cheaply made bike and i am already experiencing problems with it.
  Reply
#7
Wow,at 46 lbs thats almost like two bikes. Its sad Schwinn lives in name only. They made some good bikes once.
Ye take it back for that money buy a few years old quality bike , you will be a lot happier.
Never Give Up!!!
  Reply
#8
china makes the bikes and schwinn puts their name on em sad really
The quieter you become the more you are able to hear
  Reply


Possibly Related Threads...
Thread
Author
Replies
Views
Last Post
 
18,595
09-10-2015, 01:20 PM
Last Post: nfmisso
 
13,467
12-15-2013, 06:13 PM
Last Post: 1FJEF
 
9,861
06-17-2013, 05:25 AM
Last Post: capner2112
 
35,029
10-22-2012, 11:01 PM
Last Post: nfmisso

Forum Jump:

[-]
10 Latest Posts
Lectric One
Yesterday 09:58 PM
Cycling in the Wind
Yesterday 03:45 PM
Do you have a four foot rule?
Yesterday 12:49 PM
What New Year's Cycling Resolutions Do Y...
Yesterday 10:58 AM
E-Bike with my camera
04-16-2024 09:47 PM
Tyres keep popping off wheels...
04-16-2024 04:45 PM
Saronni Colnago Critrium Frame set
04-16-2024 03:26 PM
Rear hub issue
04-16-2024 04:18 AM
Vintage (and mint) Torelli...unknown yea...
04-16-2024 12:43 AM
Decision-Decisions
04-15-2024 06:21 PM

[-]
Join BikeRide on Strava
Feel free to join if you are on Strava: www.strava.com/clubs/bikeridecom

[-]
Top 5 Posters This Month
no avatar 1. Jesper
27 posts
no avatar 2. enkei
26 posts
no avatar 3. Frankly
20 posts
no avatar 4. Painkiller
15 posts
no avatar 5. meamoantonio
12 posts