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    Handle bar risers on a Novara Safari

    I just found the bike that's built for the rides of my dreams ... a 2007 Novara Safari. It's especially attractive with the REI member discount pricing this month.

    The only problem is that the handle bars need to be raised about 3 inches for me. What kind of luck have you had with bar raisers? And has anyone in the forum ever put a bar raiser on on a Safari?
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    You should be alright. I have seen a few stem raisers on trail mountain bikes so you should be fine. They aren't especially elegant or light though. A taller steer tube or higher angled stem would be the ideal solution.

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    I am also looking to pick up a Safari before the end of the month and have the same problem. The newer threadless stems are much less conveinent for this. I was thinking of going with the stem riser too.

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    It looks real goofy, but you can raise your stems by about 3" using these:

    http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=9

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    Yeah, I have been looking at these and this is what I was going to do for now . . . . . or at least until I can come up with something better. I might also look for an adjustable stem that comes back further than the one on the Safari. Overall, the Safari fit was not that bad. Riding in this morning I was thinking that I might be a little too upright on my current bike.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_bike_nut
    It looks real goofy, but you can raise your stems by about 3" using these:
    http://www.deltacycle.com/product.php?g=9
    It looks like that plus a longer adjustable stem could add about 4 inches, which is about what I need.

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    Safari..

    I purchased a Safari last June...its a great bike. I also found the bar height to be too low..and had a 3" stem riser installed. That modification has worked well for me with no ill effect on the bikes appearance..

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    You know, I've been told about these problems with the Safari before. It sounds like people should go up a size from what REI recommends. In other words, REI might recommend I go with a 16", but I would think it'd be better to go with an 18".

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    For me it's about the stand over clearence and top tube length. The 16" is better for that. Then it is just a matter of getting the bars and seat the right hight. For me the seat post could be an inch or two longer too . . . . but it is not a custom frame so what ya expect .

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat_bike_nut
    It sounds like people should go up a size from what REI recommends. In other words, REI might recommend I go with a 16", but I would think it'd be better to go with an 18".
    I went with the largest frame I could but still ended up with the Delta stem riser. (REI needs to figure this out: how many Safari owners have to complain before they understand tourers want a more upright position?)

    It works OK, except for the ugly. I was worried about flex but it's solid.

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    I did get a Safari last Thursday night and have put about 50 miles on it so far. The bike fits much better than my old one and surprisingly enough the low handle bars did not feel too bad for relatively short commutes. However, I was going to put the stem riser on this weekend. I am a little concerned that they cut the cable housing too short to raise the stem up very far. But I do agree the handle bars are a little ridiculous for a long distance bike. They could do a better job of this.

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    I don't know if they look goofy or not, but I see a lot of bikes with 3" risers and the people look comfortable. I guess when you get older, you want to be more comfortable and forget about looks.
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