Scored a free pair of nice drops but they’re 26mm, my current stem is 25.4 Looking for a gooseneck quill stem, 22.2mm diameter for a 1″ fork, with a 26mm clamp for the bars. New for $20 from Jerry but I’d like to spend less than that. My frugal ass hates to turn free items into costly ones.
Why not just file out the opening on your old stem a little? I did it on my bike and haven’t had any problems in the year it’s been set up like that. Filing off .3mm the whole way around isnt hard at all and only takes a few minutes.
You really think it will adversely affect the integrity of the stem? .3mm is a teeny tiny bit. Its probably the same as buying a new one, considering they probably don’t make ones with 26mm clamps .3mm thicker to compensate. But you may do as you wish.
Maybe if you did a REALLY bad job of filing it. If you took a little care and filed as evenly as you could (even if you couldn’t do it extremely evenly) I can pretty much guarantee you it would be perfectly fine. Heck, I’ll even do it for you cause now I’m feeling like bringing light to the non-believers.