I changed the old school style stem, you know the one, you have to strip one side of the handlebars to take them off and put them on and then use leverage on the clamp to open it up to slide the hump through. Now I have the new style threadless stem. which uses an Allen key. Change handlebars? why certainly Sir, I just need an Allen key now and no need to remove anything off the handlebars to take them off .
The old stem (quill) was 90 mm in height with a 100 mm reach, replaced by a 180 mm length (130mm height above headset) with 110 mm reach. The only thing left on this bike from my original bike that I bought back in 1997 from Olson’s Cycles in Geelong VIC is the bell. Although the quill will go to the spares box and can keep the original seat post company.
I found the 180 mm stem adapter on eBay, (seller was Speedolium), in hindsight, I should have gotten the 150 mm adapter. See breakout box.
I got the 110 mm stem from Pushy’s for a steal at $9 (Token brand) to me the stems located around this one looked the same quality but were priced at $29 and upwards, it’s only got to hold the handle bars to the stem.
The stem can be 6º above zero or 6º below, I currently have it set at six degrees above 0. Next weekend I may change to 6º below and see how that feels when commuting.