Had to ruin the look of my Marin Muirwoods recently. Had to put what i call a old guy stem on. Shortened up from 120 to a 100mm and from a 6 degree to a 30 degree. Really helped my neck and back and really quickened up the handling which i like. The Muirwoods has real long chain stays etc. so was quite slow handling before. But not so appealing to look at now. But better to be able to ride comfortable than not at all i guess.
Put those little stick on protecters on, to stop cables from rubbing on paint. Getting old and nothing better to do but worry about my paint. How many of you use these little sticky things?