Elgin broken stem thoughts?


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jchicago

Finally riding a big boys bike
Jul 28, 2017
110
179
Lake Zurich, IL, United States
#1
I recently bought this '36 Elgin Oriole to restore and the handlebars were already swinging loose. I thought they just needed tightening. When I was disassembling the bike last night, I discovered the stem is actually broken. Ugh. Thankfully and luckily, I also have the piece that's broken off. It came off with the screw as I removed it (Believe me, no forcing took place, the head was all WD40'd up and came right off).

Looking for suggestions on the best way to remedy this?

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Autocycleplane

I live for the CABE
Jan 6, 2010
1,522
3,644
San Francisco Bay, CA, United States
#3
Ugh, bummer. You're looking for a new one, no way to properly repair that. I love the look of these Torrington stems, but wouldn't trust them on an actual rider.
 
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TR6SC

Wore out three sets of tires already!
Jun 12, 2016
968
2,386
66
Eureka, CA
#4
I recently bought this '36 Elgin Oriole to restore and the handlebars were already swinging loose. I thought they just needed tightening. When I was disassembling the bike last night, I discovered the stem is actually broken. Ugh. Thankfully and luckily, I also have the piece that's broken off. It came off with the screw as I removed it (Believe me, no forcing took place, the head was all WD40'd up and came right off).

Looking for suggestions on the best way to remedy this?

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Find the welder in Chicago and get a price. These cast parts can be difficult to weld due to impurities within the pores of the metal. Costwise, it might make sense to buy another. They come up for sale often in the $50 and up range.
 
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Shawn Michael

Finally riding a big boys bike
Oct 3, 2012
459
374
Keizer, OR
#6
I recently bought this '36 Elgin Oriole to restore and the handlebars were already swinging loose. I thought they just needed tightening. When I was disassembling the bike last night, I discovered the stem is actually broken. Ugh. Thankfully and luckily, I also have the piece that's broken off. It came off with the screw as I removed it (Believe me, no forcing took place, the head was all WD40'd up and came right off).

Looking for suggestions on the best way to remedy this?

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I agree with the others. Dont repair it. They are good looking and fairly common. With some patience you will find a replacement, heck I might even have one in my stash.
 

fordmike65

Riding a '37 Colson Imperial
Mar 4, 2012
16,135
23,556
East Los
#7
I have this stem on 3 of my riders and have yet to have an issue. I'm always careful, don't put much weight on the bars and never stand to pedal up hills. Just pump through it or get off and walk.
 

Duchess

Finally riding a big boys bike
Feb 14, 2014
431
675
Beverly, MA
#9
Looks like cast metal, get a new stem. I'd suggest something that's not 80-year-old cast metal, but I'm not an originality guy.
 
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