How to Raise Bicycle Handlebars

How to Raise Bicycle Handlebars
Handlebar height on a bike is important so that the rider can get either the best performance or comfort out of a ride. Sprint racing, cross-country touring and mountain biking all usually require different handlebar heights, and there are also smaller personal adjustments that you may want to make to suit your riding style. You need to know how to raise or lower your handlebars if you would like to take advantage of the benefits.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

Things You’ll Need:
  • Allen wrench (6 mm)
Step 1
Locate the stem of the bicycle. This is the part of the bike that connects the handlebars to the steerer tube of the bicycle fork.
Step 2
Look for the bolt that runs down the vertical part of the stem, and insert your Allen wrench in to the fitting.
Step 3
Turn the Allen wrench counterclockwise to loosen the bolt. You will then be able to move the stem up and down in the steerer.
Step 4
Raise the stem until the handlebars are at the height you prefer. Be careful not to raise the stem too high, or the bolt will not be able to reach far enough to tighten up the handlebars and they could come off while riding. To prevent this from happening, look for the minimum insertion mark on the stem that indicates how high it may safely be set. If your stem does not have a mark, then make sure that there are at least 2 inches of stem inside the fork.
Step 5
Tighten the bolt back down securely.

Tips & Warnings

If you find that your stem is already as high as it can safely be adjusted and you still need the handlebars higher, you will need to buy a new, longer stem.

Article Written By Anthony Smith

Anthony Smith began writing for Demand Studios in May of 2009 and has since written over 1400 articles for them. He also writes for "The College Baseball Newsletter." He attended the University of New Mexico, and has more than 25 years of experience in the business world.

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