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Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Haddenham, Buckinghamshire, UK
Bikes: 1975 Dawes Super Galaxy 531 tubes, 1998 Condor Squadra
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Your Trek 1000 looks a great bike for commuting. I'm afraid there isn't much you can do without replacing the stem (handlebar post). If you want the bars to come away from you more but want to keep the more upright position you can get stems that are tall but also are longer horizontally.
For example Nitto do a stem called the Technomic and the Technomic Deluxe which are probably the tallest stems (195mm) on the market but also have a range of lengths to suit different riders. The Technomic Deluxe
is about $48 (£24) but is really well made and has made my ride really comfortable.
All you need is a couple of allen keys to undo the wedge expander in the stem (which is the visible bolt on top of the stem), take out the stem and unwrap bar tape on one side and take off one of the levers by undoing the clamp bolt so you can slide out the handlebars from the stem clamp. Put the new stem in and slide the handlebars back through the stem carefully and rewrap the handlebar tape. Decide a comfortable height of the stem just by loosening the stem bolt. OR you can just take it to a bike shop but whats the harm in learning!
It isn't too hard and it will save you having to fork out on a new bike!
Last edited by samsmeg; 05-28-08 at 02:50 PM.