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    a whole bunch of stem questions

    my current main bike came with a stem fit only for the track, some crazy drop like 45 degrees. It looked great though and was surprisingly comfortable, in part I think cause I have a long torso and arms. Rode it on the street for over a year, with almost no problems. But it's just a bit to easy to endo with it and I finally decided to relax this thing up a bit. Stem #2 sounded like it'd do the trick, slightly longer and a six degree drop. It sucks, though, shoulders somehow are killing me, and the back isn't loving it either, not what I expected from relaxing the geometry.

    So a bunch of stem and stem fit questions:

    - how do you figure out the fit? Is there something inbetween guess work and paying for a fitting?
    - do they make threadless "classic 7" stems? for some reason I can't find 26.0 threadless with around a 15 degree drop.
    - are threadless to threaded adaptors worth it?
    - adjustable angle stems, any good?
    - some threadless stems are clearly marked for being used with either end up, some are not. How likely is it that you can actually flip those ones "one sided" ones. What are the potential ramifications of it?

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    are you riding threaded or threadless? its not clear from your post. I have nitto track stem that I raised a little bit to "relax" things and it's pretty comfortable.

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    - adjustable angle stems, any good?

    really good for figuring out what angle you want. once you've determined that, you can replace it with a corresponding non-adjustable if you're so inclined.

    - some threadless stems are clearly marked for being used with either end up, some are not. How likely is it that you can actually flip those ones "one sided" ones. What are the potential ramifications of it?

    i've flipped lots that don't expressly say you can, sometimes many times over (according to the bars i'm using) and never had problems. incidentally, has anyone ever seen a threadless stem fail? not stripped allen bolt threads, but actually break?

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    Quote Originally Posted by onetwentyeight
    are you riding threaded or threadless? its not clear from your post. I have nitto track stem that I raised a little bit to "relax" things and it's pretty comfortable.
    threadless on this bike. if the new one ever gets out of bike shop limbo (it's got a bb from hell) that one is threaded.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dirtyphotons
    incidentally, has anyone ever seen a threadless stem fail? not stripped allen bolt threads, but actually break?
    Nothing is impervious.
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    I went through five cheap threadless stems before finding the seat position, stem rise and stem length that worked for me.
    Seat, pedals and bars all interact.
    Think global.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Aeroplane
    yikes, and a thompson, no less.

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    That was Andre the Giant's bike. Fo' serious.

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