Join Date: Sep 2005
Location: Brooklyn, NY. Made in France
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Stem; an aesthetic problem
I've made a lot of alterations on my commuter/sometimes tourer to make it a leaner, meaner machine. Basically all that remains of the original is the frame- an early eighties Motobecane steel frame. (which I'll replace when I can afford a Merlin Cyrene [today's object of my desires, not necessarily yesterdays or tomorrows].)
My only regret is the loss of my quill stem when I went thread-less for easy accommodation of a carbon fork. I don't regret the fork in the least, but now feel that I should've gone for a threaded one and kept the quill.
Now what I have is a truly inelegant Ritchey Adjustable, a real eye sore to me. In lieu of a quill stem, what are my options for a simpler, cleaner look approaching that of the quill?
*It seems I can't upload from my hard-drive, else I'd post pics.