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Finally replaced stem(13 posts)

Finally replaced stemJimP
Sep 10, 2003 4:04 PM
I finally broke down after 4 years and bought a shorter stem. I have been feeling that the 13cm stem was just a little too long since I bought the bike. Last weekend a riding partner commented on my layed out position on the bike and I decided to replace the stem with a 12cm stem. I only was able to have a little test ride and the new position seems better. The weather forcast for the next couple of days isn't too promising so I will probably have to wait until the weekend to really try the new position.

One more thing! :-)the bull
Sep 10, 2003 5:50 PM
you got any pics of you riding this? nmMShaw
Sep 10, 2003 8:25 PM
damn that's a pretty bike nmJS Haiku Shop
Sep 11, 2003 6:58 AM
Dude someone bent your seat tube! (nm)LC
Sep 11, 2003 7:59 AM
Dude someone bent your seat tube! (nm)JimP
Sep 11, 2003 11:30 AM
And you should see what happened to the seat and chainstays! That's what happens when you leave a CF bike out in the Texas sun too long. The bent seattube allows me to ride a 60cm frame with a 6'4" body and 35" inseam.

re: Finally replaced stemJimP
Sep 11, 2003 8:10 AM
Thanks all for the compliments. I was able to get in a 16 mile ride with the new stem this morning before work and the rain. The shorter stem makes the bike feel more responsive and more stable in the turns. I didn't feel cramped on the aero-bars which was a concern.

Some of my fit issues are that I am 6'4" - 190-195lbs - 35" inseam. The previous ride was a 63cm Cannondale that I raced for several years in triathlons. This Aegis is a 1999 60cm Aero Svelte that I ordered after being fitted by a LBS. The 13cm stem was selected since it corresponded to the same seat to bar distance that I had on the Cannondale.

Here is a picture from last month with the old stem. I am cruising down to the finish of a 100k charity ride.

Pics from the side? nmMShaw
Sep 11, 2003 9:33 AM
Sep 11, 2003 11:23 AM
That is the only one I have with me on it.

What kind of handlebar is that?Fez
Sep 11, 2003 11:31 AM
I think I like the shape of the drop portion. Seems to be an easy reach to the brake lever when riding the drops.
Cinelli Nerve' nmJimP
Sep 11, 2003 12:30 PM
Just curious,MShaw
Sep 13, 2003 5:47 PM
the saddle/bar locations seem off. Without seeing you on it, I could just be whistling Dixie.

I understandJimP
Sep 15, 2003 10:24 AM
Yes, I do need to get someone to take my picture from the side, on the hoods, on the drops, and on the aerobars. That would be very helpful to see what can be changed to be more aero or more comfortable.

I did ride a metric century last saturday and the new stem length is great. I felt I had more control and more comfort. What's not to like.