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Bike Fit Questions(4 posts)

Bike Fit QuestionsJaybo
Nov 1, 2002 8:18 AM
I have a GT ZR frame with a 5 degree 110mm stem and 1" of spacers at 5'11" with a 32" inseam. I can see the front hub with my hands on the hoods. Do I need a longer stem? Are there any hard, fast rules on this?
Don't know. No. Don't worry about seeing the hub, if you'rebill
Nov 1, 2002 8:44 AM
comfortable.
Think about it. The hub thing depends entirely on where are your eyes on your head and neck length, etc.
As far as I know, the only way to determine how you feel about a longer stem is to try it.
No hard and fast rules...PsyDoc
Nov 1, 2002 8:51 AM
...the only "rule" I have heard is that with your hands on the hoods, with your elbows slightly bent, the bar should obscure your seeing the front hub. But, this "general rule of thumb" was primary for racers. If you are comfortable on the bike, then go with what you have. In my normal riding position, the bar obscures the front hub. But, if I let myself stretch out (still comfortable) the front hub is in front of the bar.
Is this cool or what?cory
Nov 1, 2002 8:56 AM
I'm with everybody else--if it works for you, then it's right.
What's cool about this is that when I started cycling, 30 years ago, and even when I got serious again about 10 years ago, you wouldn't have read that. There was a single right way to set up a bike, and everyone was supposed to follow it whether they were 6'4" or 5'1", lean or roly-poly, rode six hours a day or six times a year. There are a lot of variables in human anatomy, and it just doesn't make sense to treat everyone the same way.