helps if you can find a way of supporting the forks. If the
forks on your bike are rusted solid there may be a lot of heavy
twisting later. You could try leaving the front wheel on and
holding it between your knees. Another idea is to put the forks
down a cast iron grid drain cover - this is a good way to lose
your balls (see later pictures)
the long bolt at the top of the stem. No more than 10mm (See
Tap it back down. If it is rusty and stiff pour lots of WD40
down the bolt. You may now be able to pull the handlebars out
- this is where the twisting comes in - they may jam halfway
STOP - see next picture.......
they jam at this height unscrew this locknut
will reveal a steel ball. This is to stop people raising the
handlebars too high. You can now lift the stem out. (Sod's Law
says that the ball will jump out and disappear under your workbench
or down the grid
the handlebars are removed you will see this large nut. This
is the top half of a ball-race. Remove it very carefully.
you are very lucky the balls will still be in the bottom half
of the bearing and not all over the floor.
them a good greasing when you re-assemble.
lift the front tube of the frame up the forks tube. Possibly
more heavy twisting. This will reveal the bottom half of another