How can I tighten the handlebars on my bike that are a little loose?
- Your bars should be centered and rotated, and your levers should be at a comfortable angle. Make sure the top cap bolt is securely fastened, but avoid overtightening it (this can damage bearings in your headset). Tighten the faceplate bolts in small increments, making sure to maintain a constant gap while the faceplate is clamped down. Tighten the pinch bolts on the stem once you have straightened your bars in relation to your wheel.
Why are my bike handlebars loose?
Stems can get dislodged after an accident or after a tough ride across some challenging terrain, for example. Essentially, it’s the portion of your bike that connects your steerer tube to your handlebars. When you ride with a slack stem, the handlebars may wobble, which may result in you losing control of your bike.
What do I do if my bike handle is loose?
As though you’re about to climb on your bike, raise your bike up. Try to turn the handlebars from side to side by placing the front wheel between your legs. According to the directions provided by REI, if your handlebars turn but your wheel does not, you should release the side bolts first and then tighten the central bolt.