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Old 10-16-06, 03:42 PM
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Please help me select a new stem.

OK, I went to the Bike Shop this Spring and I was carefully fitted for a new Bianchi Brava. I am 6'0" with stubby legs, about a 32 inch instep and a long chubby torso.

The Bike shop put me on a 55cm Brava. The reach has been a liitle rangy all year. After 2,500 miles I am still not used to it.

I bought a 54 cm Miyata 90 on Ebay and it fits like a glove. So I am thinking of purchasing a shorter stem to bring the handle bars on the Brava a little closer to my body. The Bianchi web site does not give me the length of the Brava stem. So I measured the current stem and it looks to be about 11.4 cm (4.5 inches) in length.

What replacement stem length would you recommend to get me closer to a 54 cm reach or am I wasting my time?

Flipping the stem does not help.

Thanks in advance.

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Old 10-16-06, 04:20 PM
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How about measuring from the seat to the middle of the handlebar on the Miyata, and then put the tape measure on Bianchi... Where XX cm is on the stem mark it with a piece of tape and measure from the center of the steerer to the taped mark. Round to the nearest CM and buy one that length with the right sized clamps.

With other potential differences like stem angle and seat/bar drop, it would just take a little creative measuring to determine what you need on the Brava to put the bars in very close proximity to where they are on the Miyata relative to the seat and pedals.

There is a possibility that there may be some adjustment needed to position based on other aspects of frame geometry, or even the seat and bar shapes, but I am just a layman and don't know what that impact might be.
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Ugh, using that method it liooks like I need a stem that is 3 inches shorter than the current one, I think I'm screwed.
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