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Touring dilema??(3 posts)

Touring dilema??Tmw
Oct 23, 2003 6:28 AM
Last year I got a new touring bike on which I had the bars quite high for comfort over long distances when fully loaded. We cycled down the east coast of Oz covering 2500 miles and I found after a day or two riding my hands were a little tender and I've pushed the bar tape down over time (too much weight/push on my hands).
Cut to this year, I've bought a racing bike which fits me very well. I have the bars set as per various formulas for my arm lenght and height and despite a big drop it's a really comfortable position (just not relaxed enough for touring).
I can't decide how to set the touring bike. Do I get a longer stem and keep it high or drop the bars right down like the racer? I know this is all about balance between bum, feet and hands and something just isn't quite right on my tourer.
Dilemma, doh. nmTmw
Oct 23, 2003 6:29 AM
Sounds like a weight distribution issue...........Len J
Oct 23, 2003 6:37 AM
to me.

Try measuring your seat setback on the bike that is more comfortable & then compare this to the one that isn't. I'd bet that the seat is more forward (Relative to the BB)on the Tourer. This will cause more weight on your hands.

Remember that once you correct this on the tourer, you may have to also correct the reach to get in the same comfortable position on both bikes.