How to Adjust the Handlebars on a Schwinn Hybrid Bicycle

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Hybrid bikes use a nearly straight bar for the handlebars, like mountain bikes and unlike road bikes. Therefore, the main adjustment for a Schwinn hybrid’s handlebars are up and down. There are two bolts that are visible on the handlebar stem, the metal piece that connects the handlebars to the steering column. The bolt in front, the “binder bolt,” clamps directly onto the handlebars. The other bolt, on the top of the bend in the stem, clamps onto the steering column, in which the stem itself is recessed. This latter bolt, the “stem wedge bolt,” maintains the handlebars’ height.

Use an Allen wrench to unscrew the stem wedge bolt a few turns. The bolt may be hidden under a protective cap, which would need to be removed first. Most models take a 6 mm Allen wrench.

Raise the handlebar stem so the top of the handlebars is about the same height as the top of the saddle.

Center the front wheel with the direction of the stem.

Retighten the stem wedge bolt.

Loosen the binder bolt, if the brake levers are not at a 45-degree angle below the handlebars. Once loose, rotate the handlebars to achieve the 45-degree angle and retighten the binder bolt.

Tips

For maximum comfort, don't set the handlebars so low that you have to overextend to reach them. If you find that the stem holds the handlebars too close or too far from you to feel comfortable, then see your local Schwinn dealer to have a more comfortable length of stem installed.

Warnings

The stem’s minimum-insertion mark (which is a horizontal ring around the stem) must not be visible outside of the steering column. Otherwise, the stem is not stable enough to be safe and should be lowered.

Failure to sufficiently tighten the two bolts of the stem could cause you to lose control and fall. Test the tightness of the stem wedge bolt as follows. Face the front of your hybrid and wedge the front wheel between your legs. Try twisting the handlebars with a significant force. If they budge, you need to retighten the stem wedge bolt.

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