Old 05-02-21, 11:47 AM
Method to My Madness
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Originally Posted by delbiker1 View Post
I think trial and error is the way to find what works for you.
Exactly! The body is often able to adapt to small changes. Even mine, although I have not touched my toes without bending my legs since high school, which was a long time ago. So document and experiment, one small change at a time.

For example, I recently flipped my stock 100 mm stem from +6 to -6 degrees. I must admit that this change was driven mostly by aesthetics and slightly by curiosity, but if worse comes to worst I could easily reverse it. Unexpectedly, I got used to it within a couple of rides. I figured I could go a little lower so I bought a new 100 mm, -8 degrees stem. The new stem turns out to have a higher stack height than the stock one so I had to remove a 5 mm spacer to install it. So now I am even lower than anticipated (from just a -2 degree change). But I got used to this new setup within a few rides too.
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