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Old 02-21-17, 06:15 PM   #1
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Fit on bike feels odd

Before buying my bike I didnt resort to the fit calculator and im wondering if thats where the problem that i have starts. When riding my fixed gear i feel like im having to extend my arms a bit and i feel like im sort of leaning forward when im riding. its not super unbearable, it just gets uncomfortable after a long session. ive been riding the bike for over a year now but i thought id look for some recommendations as to what can help. is there a headset that makes the top of the straight part of a drop bar handle bar sit higher or is there some sort of riser available that i can put between the headset and the frame.

Im new to this forum so thanks in advance for shedding some light!
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Old 02-21-17, 06:41 PM   #2
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Change headset to stem, and riser to spacer.

If you want the bars to sit higher, you can:

1) add spacers between the frame and the stem, if you have room left on the steerer
2) flip the stem upside down so that it angles up
3) buy a new stem with more angle, and flip it up
4) switch to riser bars

If you want the bars to sit closer to you, you can buy a shorter stem.

EDIT: Or you can solve all your problems at once, and make it a townie.

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Old 02-21-17, 09:24 PM   #3
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lol ill pass on the townie but i went and flipped my stem it helped a lot. Thanks for the quick reply.
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1) add spacers between the frame and the stem, if you have room left on the steerer
I don't think that's a good idea.
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Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have put it first, and you don't want to add too much rise that way. But if the stem is currently slammed close to the frame (I can't tell from his photo what's going on there), and you've got steerer left at the top, then adding spacers is a perfectly standard move. Why don't you like it?
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Hmm, maybe I shouldn't have put it first, and you don't want to add too much rise that way. But if the stem is currently slammed close to the frame (I can't tell from his photo what's going on there), and you've got steerer left at the top, then adding spacers is a perfectly standard move. Why don't you like it?

If it were my bike I would want the spacers between the head set and the stem. If you have spacers between the frame and stem, you are missing the upper part of your head set.

Just giving you a hard time.
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OP was having a bit of trouble with terminology, so I decided to simplify.

You're technically right, of course, but I'll accuse you as I often do one of my best friends: of injecting, for the sake of orneriness, ambiguity where none genuinely exists.
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OP was having a bit of trouble with terminology, so I decided to simplify.

You're technically right, of course, but I'll accuse you as I often do one of my best friends: of injecting, for the sake of orneriness, ambiguity where none genuinely exists.
Guilty as charged. Now that you know, you can be prepared.
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OP, don't be afraid to try risers too:



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that is one nice looking Aventon. Risers dont look that bad now that i see them but i personally love the look of drop bars

Quick question, i want to purchase some omnium cranksets but im not sure if i should wait until i get a better frame or buy it now and switch it over when i get the new frame.
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It doesn't matter.
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OP, don't be afraid to try risers too:



I want one of those frames! Sick looking..

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if you are at the stage where you do not know how to dial in fit of your bike or proper terminology for bike parts, then you will absolutely not realize any benefit from a nicer crankset. spend your money on getting a proper fit.

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