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Old 08-31-04, 01:06 PM
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I don't think it matters whether it's a Tri bike, Road bike, Sports touring bike, touring bike etc etc. What DOES matter sinc eyou have back pains is the right length and RISE of the stem and also the type of handlbar that you use. But STEM is critical for people with back problems.

I'm relatively young and do not have back problems, but I use to ride with the handlbars lower than the seat and I use to have neck pains after a long ride. Now, I installed an adjustable stem with the handlebars above the seat and man, the difference in comfort is like night to day.

Get the right stem. Get an adjustable. After you figured it out, you may want to get a lighter then with the same measurements, but I'll take comfort over lightness any day.
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