Cycling World Magazine July 2017 - Page 51

July 2017| 51 5 4 Next, tighten up the top bolt until there is no play in the steering. You shouldn’t have to tighten it hard – if you do, something’s gone wrong. Check that the steering moves freely if it feels stiff, loosen off the top bolt slightly. Once you re happy with the adjustment, check your stem is on straight. Tighten up the stem bolts there will usually be two bolts, so make sure you tighten them evenly. Don’t tighten one all the way and then the other. Go back and forth between them. 4 5 6 Stems and steerer columns can be sensitive, especially carbon, so make sure you use a calibrated torque wrench to ensure it is tightened correctly. This means it won’t come undone while riding and that you won’t damage your components by overtightening. 6 Now, enjoy the ride. Outspoken Cycles work to encourage people to use bicycles more, particularly as an effective means of transport. They offer leisure and professional bike maintenance courses, as well as bike repairs and traditional bike shop services. We organise fun, dynamic and unique cycle-themed events from smoothie bikes to pedal- powered cinemas. Through these, we aim to get people inspired about cycling. We run courses and initiatives throughout the country but our inspiration comes from where we started – in Cambridge, the UK’s city of cycling. We have a dedicated team who make it their mission to show others how much fun can be had on a bike.