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Fitting question: hamstring flexibility impact stem?(4 posts)

Fitting question: hamstring flexibility impact stem?Jaybo
Jan 12, 2004 3:49 PM
I spend $100 plus a new bar and stem to get fitted at the Bike Gallery in Portland, Oregon. A very nice lady told me I have tight hamstrings, so she would need to raise my handlbars from a 5 degree rise up to a 15 degree rise because I was complaining of hand and wrist pressure.

I'm an athlete, so I'm surprise by this; however, I have avoided road riding because of discomfort. Now, my stem is level with my seat. Kinda weird for me because my mountain bike drops a couple inches.

Any thoughts?

Thanks,

Jaybo
re: Fitting question: hamstring flexibility impact stem?laffeaux
Jan 12, 2004 3:58 PM
I don't know about hamstrings, but my MTB bar is always lower than my road bars. If the road bar started off lower than the MTB bar, the drops would be completely out of reach.
re: Fitting question: hamstring flexibility impact stem?LLSmith
Jan 12, 2004 4:33 PM
I know tight hamstrings can cause low back pain when you are on the bike for a couple hours.Didn't know there was a direct connection to wrist and hand pressure. So how does the new fit feel?
re: Fitting question: hamstring flexibility impact stem?Jaybo
Jan 12, 2004 5:13 PM
I'm not sure yet. I'm waiting for the slush, snow, and ice to melt off the road. I know, how wimpy, but those high speed crashes hurt. I will let you know. Thanks for input.

Thanks,

Jaybo