Clydesdales/Athenas (200+ lb / 91+ kg) - A Longer Stem?
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Okay, I'm riding on a road bike with semi-compact geometry (large size) and a 130mm stem. I still feel like my posture is still too upright even with adjusting the dropbars lower. Is it possible I need an even longer stem??? Or am I supposed to bend my elbows at a 90 degree angle everytime I ride to get a bit more aero?? Thanks for the advice in advance!
05-23-10, 08:50 AM
A photo of your bike setup would be helpful, show the full profile of the bike.
If you need more than 130 mm of stem then your frame is too small.
05-23-10, 09:09 AM
Too upright when you're in the drops? As opposed to getting a longer stem you can always flip it so it angles downward instead of upward or get one with a sharper angle.
05-23-10, 03:05 PM
Taki, I have the biggest frame Surly makes for the LHT (touring frame) and I felt the same as you. I'm 6'5" and long in the upper body. I put on a 150mm Oval stem and it was the best thing I did. I am so mush more comfortable now. I also put a Thomson seat post offset 1" between the two I am now a comfortable on long rides. Go for it, you can always Ebay it back if it does not work out
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