I'm redoing my touring bike with a Surly Cross check frame. I'm in Japan and do not have access to a place to get fitted to the bike, so I guess I'll have to figure things out as I go.
I'm 5'7", the frame is 54cm. In order to get the handlebar on the same level as the seat (relax touring geometry) I'll have to either use a bunch of spacers, or a stem with quite an angle.
Is there a practical difference between one approach vs. the other?