How to Adjust the Adjustable Stems on a Specialized Comfort Bike

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How to Adjust the Adjustable Stems on a Specialized Comfort Bike
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Some Specialized-brand comfort bikes will feature adjustable handlebar stems. Stems connect the handlebar to the bicycle frame. Adjustable stems allow the cyclist to customise fit by raising or lowering the height of the stem and handlebar assembly. Unlike non-adjustable stems, adjustable stems are designed with a pivoting head, which can be adjusted as needed. Handlebar height plays a crucial role in providing a comfortable ride. A handlebar that is too low can lead to back strain and arm fatigue, while one that is too high results in a rider’s weight being placed entirely on the seat. In this instance, shock from the road is transmitted directly to the rider’s rear.

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Things you need

  • 5mm Allen key

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  1. 1

    Straddle the bike over the top tube of the frame with the handlebar directly in front of you.

  2. 2

    Locate the bolt on the right drive-side of the stem. The bolt divides the upper and lower segments of the Specialized bike stem.

  3. 3

    Use a 5mm Allen key and turn the bolt counterclockwise to loosen. The bolt only needs to be loosened, not removed.

  4. 4

    Adjust the front of the Specialized comfort bike stem as needed. The stem can be raised or lowered at this point.

  5. 5

    Use the 5mm Allen key to retighten the bolt, locking the adjustment in place.

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