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    Larger frame, anything I can do other than short stem?

    I have a road bike that doesn't fit me, it feels big and i'm not comfortable when I have my hands on brakes. Is there anything I can to besides stem (it's already short)?
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    Grow some?
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    Quote Originally Posted by MightyLegnano View Post
    I have a road bike that doesn't fit me, it feels big and i'm not comfortable when I have my hands on brakes. Is there anything I can to besides stem (it's already short)?
    "Butterfly" aka "trekking" bars. http://sheldonbrown.com/deakins/handlebars.html I wanted one these on one of my bikes and deliberately bought the frame a size larger than I normally use.

    You can stretch out pretty good on these if you angle them right.

    Don in Austin

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    ahsposo, I stopped growing some years ago, no I stuck at 1,84cm

    Do, that's a good idea, but I think it will look ridiculous on a road bike
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    You already know the right answer - get a bike that's the right size.

    Add the cost of whatever "make due" measures you try onto the cost of the properly sized bike that you'll eventually want.

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    Immediately sell that bike and get another!

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    One more vote for "Sell the bike that doesn't fit and buy one that does."

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    Most seatpost have some offset to the rear; depending on the clamp design you may be able to clamp the seat the other direction and turn the post so the offset is forward instead.
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    look into downhill mtb stems, some can be as short as 5cm
    get a swept back handlebar like a North Roads, or a Soma Sparrow

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    North road bars sweep out, then back. Porter bars would give more of the desired effect. H, J, or K bars would also work if you want flat bar controls.


    If you want a really wild setup (which I think, from the response to butterfly bars, I think the OP would rather avoid) I've see a road bike with BMX bars, with the stem clamped to the cross bar, and bar-ends clamped low on the riser section as speed drops.
    Quote Originally Posted by sprockets View Post
    I talk to myself regularly - crazy is the technical term I believe. The only time I shut up is when I'm riding. (that's the best time to listen to all those voices in your head :D )

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    Hacksaw the frame to fit and use duct tape to reassemble or get a frame that fits.

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    There are answers like adjustable stem, downhill mtb stems, trekking handlebars etc (or just "buy a new bike that fits") and others that suggest to hacksaw the frame or grow some more.

    Which type of answers you think is more valuable?

    You might think my question is idiotic, that's ok. Just tell it, because most of the times, humorous attempts instead of making the question sounds silly, makes the poster sounds like an idiot.
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    Do you think that bicycle manufacturers would bother with frame sizes if one-size-fits-all would be possible?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seb71 View Post
    Do you think that bicycle manufacturers would bother with frame sizes if one-size-fits-all would be possible?
    Magna, NEXT, etc *mart bikes seem to think one fits all...
    Last edited by xenologer; 05-14-12 at 02:05 AM.

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    I know. But those are just BSO, right?

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    Work on your flexibility.
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