Stem/Handlebar Question (Country Cross Bicycle)
I use my cross bike (Kona 2004 Jake the Snake) for commuting mostly. I don't plan to race it other than Cat 4 races for fun. However the handlebars are well below the seat making for a less the ideal comfort level. My question is if I switch out the stem to raise my handle bars a few inches will this make the steering significantly different? I'm dreaming of what I believe would be the perfect bike. All the ruggedness of a cross bike with cross tires and all the comfort of comfort/commuter bike. Something along the lines of the Rivendell Philosophy applied to a cross bike. The Country Cross Bicycle.
I love riding, but know little of the mechanics/geometry side of things. Would this idea work or really screw up my ride?