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Old 03-03-09, 04:22 PM   #1
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front stem and bar adjustment

So I adjusted my front stem. It's the kind that pivots up and down. In addition to this movement I can rotate the handlebars which have a curve to them. So between the two adjustments I can move the grips higher/lower closer/further from the seat post.

My question is how do I decide where the optimal position is? How much weight should be on my hands as opposed to on the seat?

I'll be riding this bike as fast as possible over a 13 miles one way commute carrying gear on a rear rack so I want to be more aerodynamic rather than upright.
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Your weight should not be resting on your hands. The way I check this is:

1) ride with your hands in the drops (lower part of the bar)
2) move both hands at once up to the tops (flat, upper part of the bar)

If you have to "push" yourself up to that position instead of just using your core to "sit" up into it, then you've got too much weight on your hands.

If you're not familiar with other aspects of bike fitting (saddle height, fore/aft saddle adjustment, proper knee bend, etc.) ask how much your local shop charges for a basic bike fit. Shouldn't be more than $25 and should take less than 15 minutes. For a 26mi daily trip, it's well worth the money.
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