Oct 3, 2001 12:10 AM
|Got my 1st custom fitted road bike in May this year after riding MTB for a few years.
I mainly do bunch riding over 80 to 160 kms and have also raced in crits. I ve had three races and have improved my placing each time.
I have modified my seat height since I got my bike (gradually higher). However I feel a bit stretched out particularly on longer training rides.
Currently my stem length is 110mm. Ive spoken to my local bike shop, they suggest i fit a 100mm stem - I dont feel that is a big enough difference. I was thinking of a 90mm. I am not the most flexible guy (or the youngest at 40yrs). Any comments on similar experiences?
|re: Stem Length||jagiger|
Oct 3, 2001 6:02 AM
|I had a similar problem & I went from 110 to 95cm. The lbs felt that anything less might effect handling. This seemed to feel better, so I left it at that. Next time I'll get the smaller frame.|
|If the issue is flexibility, not fit..||jtolleson|
Oct 3, 2001 7:31 AM
|then stick with their suggestion and then get one with 5 or 10 degree rise to accomodate the adjustments you've made to your saddle and your lack of flexibility. Merely shorting the stem will affect handling more than the modest rise.|
|handling and stem length||ishmael|
Oct 3, 2001 7:53 AM
|shorter stems affect handling but it isnt neccessarily a bad thing..ive got a 9cm and it is a bit more twitchy than my bike with a 13...the compromise of slight twitchyness for comfort is deffinately wirth it...you could also go with a shorter reach bar instead which is the best bet i think since i think they are more comfortable...cinelli genrally are shorter reach and salsa make a realy short one called poco which i have and like alot..
|stem length and flexibility||Jon|
Oct 3, 2001 9:08 AM
|Unless you're really kind of sitting back behind the bar and reaching a lot, I'd go for either a small |
decrease in length or a small rise. The reason being you can-and should-work on your flexibility.
Also, over a period of time, especially if you're racing, your position on the bike evolves, usually
towards a more aero, functionally efficient position. I'm 57, and over the last 5 years I've increased
my seat/handlebar height differential from 6 cm to 10 cm and my stem length by 10 mm. I also
work on my flexibility daily. The net effect is that I'm more comfortable and efficient on my bike.
Just my two cents.