Of course, you could use the Raleigh approach. The early 70's Raleigh Professional Mk IV's, including mine, used 1" (the frogs would call it 25.4) GB "map of Britain" bars with a 26.0 TTT stem. No shim, they just ignoted the difference and tightened down the stem bolt. Hey, what's 0.6 mm between friends?
> Like all but the purest of the pure, I occasionally wind up with an
> overpowering urge to use some 25.4 bars with a 26.0 stem, or find myself
> trying to hang a Cyclone front derailleur on a metric 531 downtube
> (Gitane TdF Pro). I used to regularly slice myself making and
> installing "Coors" shims: beer can stock. Now I've found a Better Way:
> PLASTIC. The plastic stock that was used for overhead projection slides
> ("viewgraphs," etc) is a nice thickness and often works well. Also
> found as report cover stock. Since it is clear, it is much less
> conspicuous than metal shims if you want to avoid nicking the handlebar
> by trimming (for example). Of course, we only do this for "riders," and
> we cinch things down right good, and we would never, ever, consider
> showing such a rank amateurish thing at Cirque, but it doesn't seem
> immoral and it has worked for years for me on one bike.
> Of course, your mileage may vary.
> harvey sachs
> mcLean va