I've ridden the past couple of years with a quilled stem and as the belly has shrunk I've adjusted the bar location (height & reach). Now I am interested in buying a new frame that comes with a threadless steerer and realize I don't know how they work, setup wise.
How do you determine at what height to set the stem? Is it based on my present bar height of a different bike?
Do you cut the steerer tube a little too long and ride for a while giving yourself the opportunity to adjust the stem location up and down?
Once you cut the steerer tube there is no adjusting the stem higher, right?
I am assuming there are many different lengths and angles of stems so that over time one can adjust their bar position?
If there is steerer tube protruding above the headset to the stem, is the steerer tube covered with any thing? Or does it come painted?