Plays in traffic
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Rochester, NY
Bikes: 1996 Litespeed Classic, 2006 Trek Portland, 2013 Ribble Winter/Audax
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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.