Bike Friday NWT, Rans Stratus, Cannondale R500, Specialized Rockhopper
Help outgrew my bike!
My bike is a Specialized Rockhopper converted to a drop bar touring bike. This bike fit me fine for many years as when I purchased it I was about 50 years old and 6' 2" and a 60 CM top tube was perfect for me, fast forward 20 years and I am now 5' 11" and the top tube is too long a good size now would be a 58 cm top tube. I have reduced the stem to a 90 MM but it is still a little long and I am unsure how short it can be before handling problems ensue. I thought about just buying a Surly LHT in a size that will take 26 inch wheels as everything would pretty much change over. But after reading about LHT it evidently can't be safely fitted with a kickstand, I checked into the click stand but this seems to be a bigger pain than no kickstand. I use this bike for getting groceries touring and general riding. I guess my question is how short a stem can I put on the Rockhopper or does anyone have any other suggestions.