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Old 03-26-13, 07:51 PM   #1
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stem angle?

I was told that my bars were to low, so I flipped the stem, is this an acceptable way to set up a track bike?



or is this better, its a road bike setup I had laying around



or this more stuff laying around


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Old 03-26-13, 08:46 PM   #2
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All are acceptable.

Good fit is the most important thing - much more so than what looks proper.

A lot of modern bikes are made with low top tubes, so a reasonable fit requires a stem with some rise, or road drops, or both - rather than the "classic" drop stem and deep bars (which were made for bikes fit for only a fistful of seatpost).

Take all of 'em out to the track, and spend some laps in each combo - do some hard efforts. You'll figure out what's best for you.
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"Acceptable" is whatever fits you best. The track is a racing environment, you won't be judged for having a positive rise stem like you would with a sw8 fixay on the streets.

If you have the chance/money, splurge on a bike fit.

Mine told me I was losing a lot of efficiency and power because my saddle to bar setup was too aggressive. My seat also had to be adjusted.

Road drops are comfy on the track, if you're doing events other than short sprint events, most people will likely have road drops.
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It's all about where your hands end up on the handlebars. What ever bar/stem/angle/drop combo gets your hands in the ideal place is what is right.

Upward stems are just fine:



In case you didn't know, that is Victoria Pendleton, one of the fastest women in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victoria_Pendleton
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Also, don't look at bike show and website bikes to figure out what is "right". They set up those bikes to look aggressive as hell. 99% of racers don't race in such positions.
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Pay close attention to your reach as well. Those are vastly different reach-wise and that can really mess with things.

My set up is a lot like the middle photo. 130 Deda stem with 3T Ergosums. But I like that as an enduro. If you're into sprinting you might like the top and bottom better as the drop in the bars suits that style better.
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it's all about where your hands end up on the handlebars. What ever bar/stem/angle/drop combo gets your hands in the ideal place is what is right.

Upward stems are just fine:



in case you didn't know, that is victoria pendleton, one of the fastest women in the world: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/victoria_pendleton

must resist "upward stem" pun!
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