Join Date: Sep 2005
Bikes: Surly Big Dummy, Fuji World, 80ish Bianchi
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You're supporting too much weight with your arms. The shorter stem may help, may not. You might be better off borrowing an adjustable stem from your LBS so you can experiment with different positions before purchasing a stem.
Also, where are you doing most of your riding...on the tops, hoods or drops. My guess you are on the hoods...you might consider changing the position of your brakes/brifters as well, to ensure your wrist angle isn't causing the problem.
"Let us hope our weapons are never needed --but do not forget what the common people knew when they demanded the Bill of Rights: An armed citizenry is the first defense, the best defense, and the final defense against tyranny. If guns are outlawed, only the government will have guns. Only the police, the secret police, the military, the hired servants of our rulers. Only the government -- and a few outlaws. I intend to be among the outlaws" - Edward Abbey