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Stem height question. How do women like it?(11 posts)

Stem height question. How do women like it?Kristin
Feb 12, 2003 10:29 AM
I'm curious. Do the elite level women like to ride with the same amount of drop to the bars as the top level men? Do they like more or less distance between the top of the saddle and the bars? I'm wondering if pysiological differences like longer legs and shorter torso's affect how much drop to the bars women like. (I doubt anyone here will know what most recreational female riders would prefer--so that's why I'm asking about racers.) Could the lady racers chime in on this one. Do you like to have a lot of drop to the bars or not so much?
Ya lob 'em over the plate like that...LactateIntolerant
Feb 12, 2003 10:39 AM
...and somebody's gonna take a swing :-)
I agree... she definitely tempted me too (nm)PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 12, 2003 12:55 PM
Taking a swing...rwbadley
Feb 12, 2003 12:56 PM
Not being a female myself, I can only take a shot at this from what I have seen and heard.

Apparently the height of the stem is not so critical as one would believe. It seems the range of motion is what really matters.

The stem is able to be manouvered both in-out and up-down. The up-down motion has direct bearing on the in-out position. This range of motion should allow for satisfaction to be achieved. Satisfaction depends not only on perfect in-out coordination, but also suitable up-down movement.

Repeated input may be required to achieve simultaneous satisfaction re: the in-out and up-down position


LOL! rwbadley is someone who <i>"understands the show"</i>! -nmTig
Feb 12, 2003 1:02 PM
That is the funniest thing I have read in a whileBonked
Feb 12, 2003 9:17 PM
Thanks, rwbadley.
remember this thread?DougSloan
Feb 12, 2003 1:12 PM
LeanneWilde "How do you guys get a rise out of your stem?" 5/8/02 6:51am
Kristin, a real answer to your question...rwbadley
Feb 13, 2003 6:43 AM
may not help your fit on the bike.

From what I have been able to gather from your posts on this matter, it sounds to me like a common frame sizing problem may have occurred.

Many times a frame will be sized small with a lot of seatpost showing and a big drop to the bars. This happens to be one way to create an aero racer position while increasing frame 'stiffness', it being generally accepted that a smaller frame will have greater stiffness than a larger one.

My best recommendation to you is this: Pick up the phone book, find 'Bicycles' in the yellow pages. Call around to several bike shops in your local >convenient< area (close to home-work or in between) Find one that you can communicate with, and/or has a Size-cycle. Since it is winter they will have time to help you with finding a proper bike fit _FOR YOU_. You need to get a good position. This -may- be something like 8-10cm of seatpost showing with 0-3cm of bar drop. Pay attention to reach also. The size cycle will allow easy adjustment to find the right fit. Then you can see if your current frame can be made to fit that standard. If you pay for the fitting, be sure you walk out with a paper that shows the parameters of the results.

As for what to do with your bike if it is found 'not to fit', I guess you could try going back to the place you bought it and see if they will resize you into a proper fit for your needs.

Good luck

See, I knew I had a serious question in there somewhereKristin
Feb 13, 2003 7:08 AM
You're first post was funny. Thanks. Unfortunately, in this post you didn't asnwer my question. I don't mean to offend, but I'm going disregard your advice here, since it was not what I asked for help fitting my bike.
Racers vs rrecreational womanPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 13, 2003 9:05 AM
In my experience teaching spin classes and riding on a team I have made 2 general observations. Here they are:
1) The girls I have ridden with that race have almost identical positions to the guys.
2) Women who just ride for fun or in a spin class tend to have the preconceived notion that a bigger saddle and more upright position is more comfortable which to a large degree is not true. So no offence to the incredibly hard working women who come into my class but I'll get women (and the odd male) coming in with their big gel saddle covers and raising the handlebars up almost as high as they can. Then I get them to change their position and take off the gel saddle they notice no huge difference.

So basically if you want a more relaxed position just raise your stem up and back but I know plenty of women who ride bikes designed for men.

Hope this helps,
elite women and amount of dropcyclopathic
Feb 13, 2003 1:29 PM
my observation was that it is usually less drop, but it isn't gender specific. Most small guys have less drop too esp comparring to 6'+ riders.