Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Results 1 to 7 of 7
  1. #1
    Senior Member CNY James's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Syracuse, NY
    My Bikes
    2010 Felt F5, 2010 Dawes SST-AL
    Posts
    809
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    your thoughts on my fit...

    when I bought my bike in Nov, it came with a fit. They gave me a longer stem (110) but when I ride, I find myself inadvertently shifting my hands back to the bars behind the hoods. Should I get a shorter stem or could this be related to another adjustment? I otherwise feel great on my bike... but when I ride on the hoods, I feel a little stretched out.

  2. #2
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    483
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Does anything hurts? If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

    Besides, you are supposed to be stretched out, that's why they are way up there The fact that you have to reach for them is what lowers your position, thus cutting back on drag.

    But then again it is your bike. If you want them closer, go for it.

  3. #3
    coprolite fietsbob's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2010
    Location
    NW,Oregon Coast
    My Bikes
    7
    Posts
    35,872
    Mentioned
    15 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    ..talk to someone with several years working in a bike shop about your bike fit,
    they can see you on the Bike.

    maybe they ride the kind of events and style you do.

  4. #4
    Senior Member JonathanGennick's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    Location
    Munising, Michigan, USA
    My Bikes
    Hifi 29er, Stumpy 29er, Rockhopper 29er, ...
    Posts
    1,745
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Stems are easy to change. Look around online for some closeout pricing. Buy a few stems -- say one each of a 100mm and a 90mm, and maybe even an 80mm. Swap them in. Ride. See how you feel.

  5. #5
    tsl
    tsl is offline
    Plays in traffic tsl's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2006
    Location
    Rochester, NY
    My Bikes
    '96 Litespeed Classic, '06 Trek Portland, '13 Ribble Winter/Audax
    Posts
    6,261
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I agree with Jonathan. Stems are (or can be) cheap. It's worth a few bucks to answer the question.

    It could also be height issue.

    Two of my bikes have old-school threaded steerers. I use quill to threadless adapters on them. I find that in the spring, I feel better with them raised about centimeter, otherwise my grip creeps back and up the ramps. As the season goes along and my flexibility returns, I lower them again.

    I recently found this little app which graphically compares the bar location of any two given stems. Bookmark it.

    Another way to change height and reach to the hoods, is with different bars. Road Bike Drop Bar Geometry is a Flash app that shows how the different shapes, drops and reaches of selected bars change the position of the hoods. Bookmark that one too.
    Last edited by tsl; 05-30-11 at 07:44 AM.
    My two favorite things in life are libraries and bicycles. They both move people forward without wasting anything.
    The perfect day: Riding a bike to the library.—Peter Golkin


    Lucky for me, I work at a library and bike to work.

  6. #6
    Senior Member CNY James's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 2009
    Location
    Syracuse, NY
    My Bikes
    2010 Felt F5, 2010 Dawes SST-AL
    Posts
    809
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    thanks for the input everybody.

    I think I am going to ask them to revisit my fit when I go in for my 1st tune up (yet to be scheduled) They promised free adjustments until I was 100% happy with the way the bike felt. I was going to buy a few new stems and then I remembered that so it doesn't seem worth it for me to spend much money with a guess and test stem swaps.

  7. #7
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2010
    Posts
    483
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Keep in mind that you will be sacrificing a tad of efficiency for a tad of comfort. If this is what you may be aiming for then that's fine.

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •