My first project bike is now my rain bike. Its a crappy NYCbikes aluminum cyclocross frame with an on-one il pompino fork. It now has fat tires, fenders, radonneur bars, suntour bar ends, dia-compe 287V levers and v-brakes.
The top tube is FAR too long. I'm only really comfortable on it when standing up significantly far forward of the saddle. This makes me think that a stem with minimal extension will improve matters, but I would imagine that this would significantly alter the handling. How would it change it? With less leverage, would it become more sluggish? I mainly ride in traffic, and I like to bob and weave to avoid potholes and taxicabs, so handling is important. My other bike has track geometry, which suits my city-riding purposes quite well. What will happen with a zero extension stem?
And who makes one for cheap? Is it a distro item (action, pyramid, dimension, etc) or available online?