How to Raise the Handlebars on a Roadmaster Mt. Fury Bicycle

How to Raise the Handlebars on a Roadmaster Mt. Fury Bicycle
The Roadmaster Mt. Fury mountain bike is an inexpensive bicycle manufactured for Walmart in China. While it's not a good choice for extensive use on rugged terrain, it can be a perfectly fine choice for the very casual cyclist who spends most of his time on suburban cul-de-sacs or gentle bike paths. As with any bike, a good fit is important, and raising (or lowering) the handlebars to establish a comfortable position is important.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Hex wrenches
Step 1
Ride your bike to test the handlebar position. There's no right or wrong position for handlebars for a casual rider--they key is having a comfortable fit. As a general rule, the higher the handlebars, the more relaxed and upright your riding style will be. For more speed and power, put the bars lower.
Step 2
Loosen the pinch bolt on the collar of the handlebar stem. This is a hex bolt that's located where the the stem of the handlebar (the upright part) goes into the bike frame. Insert a 15 mm hex wrench into the bolt and turn the wrench to the left to loosen the bolt. When you can move the handlebars, twist them slowly down or up to the new position. Before you tighten the bolt, make sure the bars are lined up correctly by looking along the top tube of the bike and making sure that the rise of the handlebars (the part that extends forward on the stem) is straight in line with the top tube. Tighten the bolt by turning it to the right.
Step 3
Adjust the rise of the bars if you want to bring the bars closer in or move them further away from you. The rise is the portion of the bar that extends out from the vertical part of the stem. Loosen the hex bolt on the side of the junction between the rise and the vertical element until you can raise the handlebars up and down. When you've found a position you like, tighten the hex bolt with your wrench.

Tips & Warnings

Wear a helmet when you ride, and make sure all bolts are tight after making adjustments.

Article Written By Nichole Liandi

Based in Virginia, Nichole Liandi has been a freelance writer since 2005. Her articles have appeared on various print and online publications. Liandi has traveled extensively in Europe and East Asia and incorporates her experiences into her articles. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in history from West Virginia University.

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