One of my salvaged cheapo MTB's is really getting on my nerves. Sod's law it's the one of the two that actually fits me very well with a 22" frame - and not the slightly smaller one that came apart relatively easily!. The handlebar stem is seized solid inside the headset tube, and the application of penetrating fluid and big hammers have so far failed to persuade it to free off. This bike is really badly neglected and was obviously an open-stored commuter hack before being abandoned; I had fun and games this afternoon even just getting the brake calipers off the tube spigots. Although the seized stem is a nuisance, the bars are actually set at a pretty comfortable height for my size, so I'm thinking possibly of taking off the top headset race, extracting the balls, then dropping the forks with the stem stiil in, to release the balls out of the lower race. Any reason why I shouldn't just do this, repack the races with fresh grease, and reassemble the headset without first removing the stem? I've got a D-lock (with no key of course!) left locked around the top tube and down tube, so I'd really like the stem off so I can remove the lock from the front of the frame without having to bust it or cut it, but it's not currently looking promising. I'm stubborn though, I don't like to give up too easily.