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Originally Posted by ThermionicScott View Post
BTW, I think there's something to be said for a short stem and long-reach bars. Yes, it looks a bit goofy, or at least not very modern. But the longer ramps can give you a very comfortable position behind the hoods, assuming the bars don't have a weird shape that precludes it. And when you have chosen the right stem extension to put the hoods and drops in the right place, having the bar tops a little further back lets you sit up a little more when you want that. I'm really happy with the 80mm stem + B115 handlebars on my rando bike for those reasons.
Oh, I don't think it looks goofy to have a short stem. Maybe in the 50 or 60mm range it does. In that case, a rider does what it has to to get a good fit. Otoh, one could slide the seat forward a bit with or without a zero offset stem. My wife's Schwinn Mesa Runner has 60mm SR quill, but it's too short in height (for my needs) and it really does look like a stub.....although somehow it works aesthetically with her upright cruiser bars.
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