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Questions of the spacers debate (and general sizing)(6 posts)

Questions of the spacers debate (and general sizing)sctri
Feb 17, 2003 7:15 PM
Is there any legitamacy in the cries for only a few/no spacers or is this a purely athetic trend?

The reason I ask is that my frame has a bunch of spacers, not so much that it endangers the fork, but enough that it might appear like I would need a larger frame size due to the large amount of seat post showing as well.

However, I think that this is the result of my long legs and short torso, as a longer top tube messes my reach up, and I still have an effective drop between my seat and bars.

Am I misguided? A slave to fashion? or in need of a bigger frame?

Do whatever works for you...Akirasho
Feb 17, 2003 7:26 PM
... we're not all blessed with genetics or health that allow for full on, in the drops racing position on the bike even if we prescribe to "traditional" fit methods... and indeed, part of the allure of cycling is in it's diversity... one size/style/shape/type does not fit all.

Aesthetics change with time... end the end, it's not about the bike...

Be the bike.
re: Questions of the spacers debate (and general sizing)zooog
Feb 18, 2003 4:02 AM
I agree with previous poster. It's not about the bike its about you and how you need to feel on that bike. Wh cares what others think if they look at a bike with spacers. Spacers on my bike have put into the position that I need to be.
Feb 18, 2003 8:00 AM
If your bike has a carbon fork with a carbon steerer tube, then there are limits to the number of spacers you should use. Depending on the manufacturer, the limit might be 2-4 cm or so. If your bike has a steel steerer tube, then it doesn't matter how many spacers you use -- despite howls from the stem police. My bike with a steel fork has more spacers than I care to relate and I have never felt the slightest bit of flex. I am not sure about forks with aluminum or ti steerer tubes -- I think you can use more spacers than full carbon forks, but probably not as many as a steel fork.

The spacers and riser stem on my bike used to bother me, aesthetically, but now I've gotten used to it. Whenever I can afford a new frame, I may order a custom with an extended head tube, just for aesthetic reasons -- but not because I am concerned about the safety or performance of my current setup.
It's all about position...DINOSAUR
Feb 18, 2003 10:09 AM
Spacers are used in order to place your handlebars in a position that is comfortable for you. Spacers are not a fashion statement. If you look at old photos of the cycling greats back in the quill stem days, they had a lot of stem showing. Remember that if you remove a spacer you will most likely have to cut the steering tube and once you do this you can't go back. You can experiment by removing your stem and taking out a spacer then putting the stem back on your bike and putting the spacer on top of the stem. Or you can try flipping over your stem or going to a stem with a different rise..but think carefully about whatever to solution is if it ain't broke-don't fix it.....
What is considered a "large" amount of seatpost showing...serbski
Feb 18, 2003 6:02 PM
in this day and age? I see such a huge range of naked seatpost both in the peloton and on my local roads. Just curious.