Beginning to get the hang of this cycling stuff now...
Helpful advice on this forum has resolved most of my positional aches and pains. Despite maximum adjustment however my handlebars are still too low(say many of you and others). I think this may be the cause of my hand and finger numbness ie too much weight on the wrists.
LBS seemed happy to help but its the kind of place where anything non standard has to purchased and brought to them for fitting. They sent me off to get a 1" stem extender. This was difficult to track down but I eventually found the one on the picture. The outside diameter of the narrower section is 25.4 mm and the inside diam of the fatter section is surprise surprise.. 25.4 also.
It doesn't fit. Not surprising really, I've just measured the "stem" (ie that silvery bit that goes down into the frame, as shown) outside diameter at 22.1mm on my caliper. The bike's a Peugeot 1970/80's vintage.
Why do I stick with the LBS? Well, setting aside their relaxed approach to deadlines, quality, answering their phone etc, they are very cheap. They found me rare 7 speed STI levers so I've been able to drop my hated downtube shifters. Cost, with fitting and cables 30 UKP ($54), so I suppose I can't complain.
Unfortunately, I couldn't get much sense out them yesterday. They'd been watching England's shaky and unconvincing soccer win over Paraguay 1-0. Unsettled, drunk and high... why, they couldn't get me out of the shop fast enough.
Any suggestions about the handlebar height to take back to the guys when they're in a better mood?