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    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.

    Allen

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    shorter stem and just lowering the seat post a hair should do .
    I have a 8cm on my road bike , 565 TT

    & a 4.5cm on my Bike Friday.* .. 56TT

    * Using trekking bars, or their straight ones that come apart into shorter halves.




    But buying a new bike is always good..

    SOMA, another TW made bike for a SF, Cal. Importer has a KS Plate.
    Last edited by fietsbob; 06-13-14 at 12:36 PM.

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    Thanks fietsbob good to know about the shorter stem I have thought about treking bars but currently set up for drops and would like to keep them

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