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    Question on Lowering Handlebar

    I'm curious as to what folks think about this:
    I have a Trek 7.4 FX, where the saddle, when at its "ideal height", is about 3/4 of an inch below the level of the handlebars. I also have bar ends.

    So, are there any advantages to taking out 1 spacer from the head set, thereby lowering the handlebar height? I thought I heard a really good bike mechanic say something about having more stability?

    Thanks in advance for your responses.
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    Increased stability doesn't seem like a big potential to me, but I may just not know about it. You would theoretically have less wind resistance.

    If you want to try it, it isn't hard, and it can always be changed back... assuming you don't cut the steering tube. I think it is best to just put the spacer(s) you remove above the stem until you are sure you prefer the less upright position..
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    Quote Originally Posted by Little Darwin View Post
    Increased stability doesn't seem like a big potential to me, but I may just not know about it. You would theoretically have less wind resistance.

    If you want to try it, it isn't hard, and it can always be changed back... assuming you don't cut the steering tube. I think it is best to just put the spacer(s) you remove above the stem until you are sure you prefer the less upright position..
    do this. good advice.

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    So, are there any advantages to taking out 1 spacer from the head set, thereby lowering the handlebar height?
    I thought I heard a really good bike mechanic say something about having more stability?
    how many decades has this guy been working in the bike industry?

    just switch the spacer from below the stem to above. and see for yourself..

    you will be putting more weight on your hands..
    Last edited by fietsbob; 02-28-14 at 10:49 PM.

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    Thanks very much for the responses.
    Best regards
    Barry,68,New Jersey
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