Wednesday, April 02, 2008

Custom stem for a Richard Sachs frameset

John wanted a quill stem with a lugged handlebar clamp to match the lugs on his Richard Sachs frameset and hold a 26.0mm handlebar. Of course no such lug exists, the closest thing being the Pacenti stem lugs which are designed for a 31.8 bar and a 1 1/8" extension tube...both a little big for this project. I decided to make my own lug, which really is isn't that difficult and I was able to get exactly what I wanted. I turned down some tubing on the lathe to make both the bar clamp and the lug piece, brazed them together, and then modified the shape to match the Sachs "Richie-issimo Series" lugs. Check it out:

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