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Fitting new bike in remote area(2 posts)

Fitting new bike in remote areaStangt
Jun 19, 2001 9:28 PM
My custom bike has just arrived. I was fitted with measurements but they would not cut my stem. It currently has two rings one half the size as the other. They company said I would have to cut the stem for a closer fit. I am in a remote area with NO professional fitting. I have been riding adjusting the seat and bars for 3 weeks and have come to the conclusion I must cut the stem. What is the best way to assure I will have the best fit. I do not want to cut too much and regret it.
Hope someone can help. Thanks. It is a carbon carve fork.
hate to say this, but...Hank
Jun 20, 2001 9:44 AM
if you have never cut a steerer before, especially a carbon steerer (if that's what you have) I really think you need to get this to a shop somehow. Regarding the fitting, if you've been riding it for three weeks, you should have a pretty good idea of where you want the bars to be--though with no background, it can be confusing. Also, if you understand how the aheadset system works (and you might want to make sure you understand how it works before you do anything else--if you don't know what you are doing you could damage something and/or make the bike unsafe), you can put one spacer on top of the stem to bring the bars down without cutting the fork - not pretty, but it works. This is another example of why I think the aheadset system is silly for road bikes (not your fault - but you wouldn't be in this bind with a quil setup). So yes, I think you need to get to a shop. Good luck.