handlebar hand guard problem

greetings.

I went to put a handlebar hand guard back on. Sadly im an idiot and seem to have lost a spreader nut inside the handlebar. I've looked but cant see a damm thing, just blackness. Whats the process for retrieiving a spreader nut which is lodged in a handlebar?

thanks.

There's different things that can be tried for a situation like that. It happened to me not that long ago, but I was able to get it back out pretty quick. Here's some suggestions: a long screw that can thread into that nut, a metal coat hanger with the tip of the wire slightly bent, a pen-sized retractable magnet, or even blowing air with a compressor from the other end of the handle bars. Just a few things that can be tried to get that sucker out of there. Whenever something like that happens, just take the opportunity to take a break and relax, take your time to figure out a plan of action. Frustration leads to nothing good.

You can always wait till you dump the bike on that side...... it just might come out.....

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It's happened to me before too!

I just shook the bike over on it's side and it eventually slid out enough for me to see it and grip it with a piece of wire. Tapping the bars with a hammer lightly also helps to get it moving.

Greg

thanks guys. Basically I had pushed it out of reach with a screwdriver whilst trying to get the nut. I took a piece of wire and got it out. Thanks very much.

compressed air

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