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Riding Posture, Aches & Pains

Old 08-17-14, 06:30 PM
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As suggensted, you might fiddle with your seats forward/rear positioning. Slide it about 1/4" forward and see if that gets some of the pressure off your hands. Also, tilting the bars a little bit can help a lot. Tilt them "up" a degree and see of that helps. Make one adjustment at a time so that you can understand what works and what does not. Too much and you will be guessing what is happening. Seat first would be my suggestion.
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Originally Posted by 8figgas
At this point I have moved the seat, raised the seat, tilted the bars etc... Everything now is back to its original fitting. I now went with a 11mm stem from the stock 10mm. I'm gonna go about 15mi tonight. So we'll see....
Stem changes, unfortunately, probably aren't going to make a big difference.

If you're using a 17-degree stem, going from 110mm to 110mm is going to raise the bars 5mm and move them 8mm further away from the saddle. That's probably not what you want.

You should play around with a stem calculator before swapping stems. If you want to make noticeable changes, you'll probably need to change the angle of the stem rather than the length. Going from a 100mm long 17-degree stem to a 100mm long 24-degree stem, for example, will move the bars up by 9mm and back toward the saddle by 8mm.
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