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Why bother? It's much easier/cheaper/faster to get a replacement stem that can accommodate contemporary handlebar diameters. I replaced the AVA stem (nicknamed the "Death Stem" by Sheldon Brown in the link on Batman's answer) on my 1970s Peugot with a Velo-Orange stem and bars. What you need is this: Velo Orange Threadless Stem Adapter (ST-0001; $16) -- ...


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I wouldn't try it. 70's french stems aren't trustworthy, 80's don't seem much better and weakening a stem isn't exactly worth the risk anyway (I'd opt for sanding it rather than spreading it to remove the necessary material instead if I had to, but I'd recommend getting a new stem instead). You'll probably scratch up your nice new bars too. Try to get the ...


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The steerer and handlebar diameters have already been addressed, but there is also the matter of brake and shift levers. The drop bar is thicker than a straight bar, so the mountain levers will not work. If your bike has cantilever brakes, normal road brake levers will work. For V-brakes (I guess bike from the 90s does not have hydraulic disks) you need a ...



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