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Old 08-28-06, 03:42 PM   #1
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Butterfly bar problem

They hit my knees sometimes (or rather, the sti gearlever does). IT's only if I'm off the saddle and turning, but still I have to move my knees out of the way. Have I got them setup right?
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More than likely you will need to purchase a longer stem....that's what happened to us. I bought a zoom adjustable on ebay that extended further forward and allowed me to keep from knocking my knees when climbing a hill.


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Thanks for that. I'll need a stem raiser as well, I guess, then, as my stem is short, but high. It's a shame becasue it's comfortable as it is.
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I got one for my bars. Lemme see if I can find a pic.

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here it is:


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Sorry that's so big.

Anyway, I had a very short stem on my drop handlebars. This new stem seems to approximate that forward distance (i.e., short) and lift it to a suitable height. Hopefully you can find a stem to suit.

If you look at the one in my pic, you will see that the forward distance is not great.

I got my stem from St John Street Cycles in England.
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Old 08-29-06, 07:38 PM   #6
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Lolly...What is the intent of the bar ends you have on the forward side? Have they been useful?
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Old 08-30-06, 01:07 AM   #7
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I put those there on a whim. I figured they would give me yet another spot for my hands, and variety is good! They are a short verion of bar ends, and they work well on the flats. . . of which there are few where I live.
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Thanks for the help.
I've fixed the problem, I think (I've not actually been out yet), but I've swapped the bars around so the gap (and the levers, which is what I was banging my knees on) is at the front. the hand positions are about the same, except I now have the levers at the front, furthest away from me, which suits me, as this is where I tend to ride.

Oh, and Lolly pop, funilly enough, I added stubby bar ends in about the same place as yours (at the front and towards the centre). I used to have them like that when using flat bars and found them a great help.
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