Folks, I really need some help here. AND…I know the real answer is get fitted at LBS before buying a bike. I tried but am underwhelmed by 4 that I have been to within 50 miles. Three tried hard to sell me what was in stock and I knew not what I wanted and not right for me, and the fourth guy is too big time to spend any consultative time with me.
So…I got a 19.5” 2009 Jamis Coda Elite from Bananas. I made a bad assumption on the geometry. I got the “lean forward” posture I was after but that results in way too much weight on my hands…I am a lardazz, but getting better. I have installed some Ergon Grips but all that has done is to put checkerboard indentations in my palms.
The bottom line is that I need my hands about 2 to 2 ˝ inches higher (I think). Here is what I have in that regard:
• Headset Ritchey LB Aheadset, 1 1/8”
• Handlebar Ritchey Comp flat bar, 6061 T-6, 5D bend x 580mm wide
• Stem NVO Components adjustable threadless system (ATS) forged aluminum stem, 80mm (16”), 100mm (17.5”/19.5), 120mm (21.5/23”)
I think, I need a new stem, one that will let the hands get higher than the existing stem. I have the existing stem (see above) at 100mm up. Alternatively, a different handle bar arrangement could work too while retaining the existing stem. I think I prefer a “higher” stem solution, but I don’t know jack..only that I am certain I have too much weight on my hands. I am, by the way, happy with my seat, its position and angle, and on it, my knees are in great shape in regard to the centerline of the pedal.
I would appreciate a concise and complete answer, if possible, since I am not good at connecting the dots in regard to cycling components.
Thank all responders very much.