Thread: Stem Size?
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Old 07-27-06, 03:29 PM
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If the distance from the nose of the saddle to the bars matches the forearm length from elbow to finger tip + width across knuckles, the stem length is about right.
There is supposed to be a small gap between the clamp and stem, so the bolts can put the squeezing force on the bar. The bar is too big for the stem, if it wont fit into the half hole across the front of the stem.
Unless you are an experienced racer, I suggest that you set the bar height level with your seat. This will probably mean putting the stem on the forks angled upwards, and also using some spacers between the stem and headset bearings. It may not look so cool when you park your bike at the bistro, but will give you a lot more satisfactin while riding.
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