I have a REI Novara Randonee that I have set up to use as a commuter. I just got it used for X-mas and have been out riding a few times. This weekend I was able to get in a 14 mile trip and afterwards I think I have a better idea of how I would like the bike to fit. I am right at 6' tall and 195 pounds or so....my inseam a hair under 31". The bike I have is a 53cm top tube lenght. At first I thought the bike might be a little small....now I'm not so sure. It was a gift so I can't really take it back so I have to work with what I have.
After riding this weekend I felt like I would be a lot more comfortable if I could sit up a little more when riding. My seat is probably 4 to 5 inches above my handlebars and I'm using bullhorn bars. I feel like I am pretty streched out on the bike as it is now and my lower back and neck started bothering me a bit towards the end of the ride....I do realise that part of it all is just getting used to riding a bike and working on my core strenght. I sort of set up on the bike during my ride and used the tips of my fingers on the bars towards the end so I would be more comfortable/upright and not so streched out feeling.
So my guess at a solution is to try and raise my handles bars up a bit. I'm looking at something like the ATB Comfort Quill Stem on Nashbar. Do you guys think this is the right solution or would you have a different recommendation? I really like the bike overall and a lot of my problem may be that I just need to get in better shape. Although...using the bike as a commuter I would really like to have a little more of an upright riding position.
Thanks in advance! I have been reading through all the forums (especially the commuter forum) and trying to learn as much as possible. I've checked out some of the maintence books from my local library that have been recommended and really trying to do all my homework. This is a great resource!