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I got my Cyclocross bike... What a BLAST! [Some questions](4 posts)

I got my Cyclocross bike... What a BLAST! [Some questions]Velocipedio
Mar 16, 2002 6:15 AM
Fortunately, the weather turned suitably awful in Montreal, so I can truly appreciate the sport. It's quite amusing how people walking along the caleche road on Mount Royal simply don't expect a bike to come out of the woods at this time of year... :)

A few things about the bike that I want to clear up, though. I plan to get a new stem -- the one I have is too short. What would the penalty be if I got a slighttly lower-angle stem? I ask because I have shortish legs and my saddle position is probably about an inch lower than it's supposed to be. [This is and endless source of fit issues for me... just bear with me...] Would it be reasonable to compensate for my lower saddle height with a lower-angle stem?

Secondly, although I specified a 42 cm handlebar, the one installed is a bit wider than the one on my road bike. The handlebar on my road bike is measured 42 cm, from the oustide of the bar, while the one on my cross bike is measured to the centre of the drops, making it about 1.5-2 cm wider. I didn't notice MUCH difference on my first ride, but is this a potential source of problems for me that I should have rectified? If it's not likely to cause huge problems, I'd be satisfied to aboid the hassle of gettig a new bar.

Thanks.
re: I got my Cyclocross bike... What a BLAST! [Some questions]mackgoo
Mar 16, 2002 8:57 AM
Don't quite follow you on the stem issue so I'll pass on that. I would say that I use the same stem as my road bike -10mm.
I built my bike up with the wider size bar and I think it's great because I'm spending alot more time on the cross bar, the widder bar give me a cross bar that is efectively as wide as MTB bars giving me a great sense of control and confidance while on the cross bar. I do virtually any thing up there, stand up and sprint up a hill etc.
Glad to hear your enjoying yourself, after all that's what it's about. Just think what your fitness will be like this spring.
re: I got my Cyclocross bike... What a BLAST! [Some questions]Velocipedio
Mar 16, 2002 12:58 PM
The stem issue: Would a lower-rise stem [or a flipped stem] compromise handling in any way? I ask because I have shortish legs, which forces me to run the seat a little lower than normal; I'm thinking a lower-rise stem -- something close to a zero degree rise -- might improve my position a bit.

Had ablast again today. The temp was around freezing and the caleche road was JUST muddy enough. :)

Man + cyclocross bike = little boy.
re: I got my Cyclocross bike... What a BLAST! [Some questions]mackgoo
Mar 16, 2002 1:45 PM
It's great isn't it. I'm running a Gramo wich is a standard road stem, what is it -15 deg.'s? It's the only thing I've ever used so I can't compare. I know I feel confident in sand, mud etc. When I'm in the drops in the sand or mud it does feel like there is alot of weight on the front wheel but the fact is in that situation I have no reason to be in the drops, while on the street I love riding in the drops so I intentionaly road the whole ride in the drops the other day.