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Extend reach on bike?(2 posts)

Extend reach on bike?John R.
Jun 6, 2001 8:09 AM
One of my co-workers recently bought a bike and is complaining that the bike has insufficient reach. Short of buying a new bike, can anything else can be done to extend the reach? Is there some sort of extended bar stem that will give a few extra inches?

John R.
re: Extend reach on bike?Rusty Coggs
Jun 6, 2001 9:28 AM
New bikes are usually sold with a stem that is sized for the bike. Usually,stem length can be varied a cm or two either way without affecting handling. If its a used bike someone may have swapped out the original for something way short and if that were the case, then there would be more latitude for substituting a longer stem to make things right. As a reference point, when riding with the hands on the hoods, the bar should obscure the front axel.This is not an absolute as many people will actually have setups for or aft of this refrence, but is is a place to start.If you are actually talking inches of additional reach to make things right,assuming a fractory stock stem,then maybe the whole frame is the wrong size?? There are limits to trying to extend the reach without adversely affecting handling.