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Old 05-02-08, 04:30 AM   #1
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Possible to raise handlebars?

I recently bought a Trek 3900 but I'm having trouble getting things adjusted right. I bought a new Schwinn women's saddle for it since I couldn't take the small hard seat, but I feel like I'm having to push myself up by the handlebars all the time and it's hard on my arms. I've tried tilting the seat angle back but it seems that it's just putting more pressure on my crotch. I'm thinking that handlebars are too low, causing me to bend forward and move my center of gravity over my arms too much. Is there any way to raise them?
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Old 05-02-08, 07:14 AM   #2
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I recently bought a Trek 3900 but I'm having trouble getting things adjusted right. I bought a new Schwinn women's saddle for it since I couldn't take the small hard seat, but I feel like I'm having to push myself up by the handlebars all the time and it's hard on my arms. I've tried tilting the seat angle back but it seems that it's just putting more pressure on my crotch. I'm thinking that handlebars are too low, causing me to bend forward and move my center of gravity over my arms too much. Is there any way to raise them?
Get to your local shop and see if they have some headset spacers for you - you may have some more room on the steer tube to adjust things higher. That's not likely the best way to do it though.

You may benefit from rotating your handlebars back a bit more. Try that a little bit and see.

You may also get the best relief from a shorter stem, which would move your center of gravity back. That may even be a better solution for you (based on what you've described) than getting things higher.

Go see if the shop you bought the bike from will swap you a shorter stock stem. That is something they should do easily/free on a new bike.
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Thanks. Actually I tried lowering my seat a little and that seemed to help a bit since I wasn't towering over the handlebars as much, time will tell if it's too low for me now or not, I think it's at least ok for now. And I rotated my handlebars so that the grips are angled towards me. It feels a bit better now. If I keep having trouble I'll look into getting a new stem.
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