Learning how to put a stem on a BMX bike is a useful thing to know. If you are a BMX biker, then simple maintenance, like placing a stem on your bike, will be a money saver. Whether you are looking to replace a broken or old stem on you BMX bike or if you are looking to change up your style with a new stem, the process is simple. Placing a stem on a BMX bike takes a few tools and elementary mechanical skills. This article will walk you through the process of installing the stem. Learning this procedure, or any other mechanical operation for your bike, will get you more in tune with the sport. So roll up your sleeves and let’s put a stem on your BMX bike.
To put a stem on a BMX bike, you will need:
- Your BMX bike
- A new stem
- An adjustable wrench
- A damp towel
- Putting a stem on a BMX bike is an elementary process. You first need to know how to remove the stem before you can put a new one on. There are several reasons for putting a new stem on a BMX bike. Most commonly it is done to replace the existing one to meet the desires of the rider. Riding styles on BMX bikes often require specific stems or handlebars.
- Using the adjustable wrench, loosen the handlebar nut. Carefully remove the handlebars. Use the damp towel to wipe down the handlebar stem. Set the handlebars aside and remove the stem by pulling straight up. Set the stem aside.
- With the damp cloth, clean any excess grime from the stem hole. Place the new stem into the stem hole and replace the nut. Return the handlebars to the stem and hand tighten the nut. Once you establish the proper height and position, use the wrench to tighten the nut completely.