Bicycle Mechanics - Too many spacers?
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So I recently bought a Salsa Fargo and when the shop mechanic built it I asked him to leave the steerer tube full length so I could figure out where the handlebar height would be most comfortable. I've got a little bit over 3 inches of spacers between my stem and the headset. Is this terrible? I've seen a few posts around saying that you should have the least amount of spacers possible and to compensate for height with angled stems. Is there a real problem with this? Like does the extra steerer tube length act as a lever on the headset bearings or something? Am I missing something? I think this bike is amazingly comfortable with the bars the way they are. I don't really want to change anything unless its going to affect safety or the life of the bike.
09-15-10, 02:45 PM
On a steel steerer tube it is fine mechanically but you get no style points.
09-15-10, 03:19 PM
If the bar height is comfortable , then its fine... style is for selling clothes.
mechanics is about what works.
Use the space.. I use the extra height to place my handle bar bag mount on the lower of 2 stems.
that gives me a better bag location, add a spacer mounted bell to the steerer tube , a 'Wise Cracker' bottle opener..
another use for a second stem with a bar in it is to mount lights and computer and all the other electronic stuff that have become touring 'necessities' GPS etc..
at the bottom of the stack I have a pinch bolt 'locking spacer' [QBP] it holds the fork in while Im fussing around with all the other stuff I'm attaching to the column aboveit ..
09-15-10, 03:25 PM
the 2 stem set-up is shown here: http://www.cyclofiend.com/working/2008/wb092-robertclark1008.html
7cm stack between top of headset and lower stem, fork crown race to top is 300mm.
Thats a cool idea, I wanted to put a wise cracker and a spacer mounted bell on it anyway. The 2nd stem for a bag or lights or whatever is a great thought.
09-15-10, 04:30 PM
Any joints in the stack of spacers is a possible source of some play in the system due to slight misalignment gaps between the spacers all adding up. That play could end up affecting the headset over the long term.Ideally you would replace your current stem and spacer stack with a steeply angled stem and fewer spacers. Or if you want to stick with the present setup then at least exchange the spacers you have for a fewer number of the longest possible spacers or secondary stem you can find.
09-15-10, 06:27 PM
Some benefit , once you sort it out, to having one spacer machined,
I used Cane Creek Interloc spacers ..
they snap together like Legos. there are aluminum ones and the Polycarbonate precision molded ones I got .
once snapped together they seem to act like one piece..
If You have the right top part of a C C headset, It will interlock with that bottom most one has a lip,
Lacking that, I sanded the base one smooth, on a piece of emery cloth on a flat surface..
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