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Long and low(4 posts)

Long and lowmackgoo
May 7, 2002 11:21 AM
Last year after watching the TDF I changed my stem length to a 130mm, this greatly increased my comfort on the bike. This year I just put the bike back together after paint and with it went threadless, this time I lowered the stem by a good 1.5-2". The change is remarkable again I feel more comfortable and I also feel like I'm "in" the bike not on it.
Just thought I'd pass this along. If you have opourtunity to try a change like this I'd recomend it.
Appreciate the thought...elviento
May 7, 2002 11:33 AM
but most of us won't need the advice. If one needs to change the stem height by 5cm, then the original bar set up must be way off.
experienceDougSloan
May 7, 2002 12:02 PM
I think typically people tend to be more comfortable with a lower position as they progress from beginner to more experienced on the bike, particularly if you come from a mountain bike. You just get used to it. I went through the same thing. Now, I feel more comfortable down low, no spacers at all, than I do up higher. There is a limit, though, especially on longer rides; I went full low on a time trial bike on a long ride and my neck starting feeling it.

Doug
re: Long and lowflying
May 7, 2002 1:22 PM
Would be interesting to hear what your new height diff between seat & bar top is.