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Old 04-20-08, 07:32 AM
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I thought my two spacers on my cannondale was pathetic, but I think I found a winner.
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Reach for your water bottle and poke your eye out
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It's a steering column when you want to rest out of the drops.
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Old 04-20-08, 07:59 AM
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This one has the opposite condition.

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Originally Posted by giantcfr1 View Post
This one has the opposite condition.

Don't knock it. It's what you gotta do when you have freakishly long legs and big feet.
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I don't like my stack and my inflexible back.

I'm not loosing spacers as quickly as I'd like to be.


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Old 04-20-08, 10:28 AM
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Isn't the rule of thumb to have the tops of the bars 1-2 inches below the top of the saddle?
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Isn't the rule of thumb to have the tops of the bars 1-2 inches below the top of the saddle?
Not at all. Totally depends on the person and their geometry.
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What's the advantage of having them super low? I know when I sit up (tops or hoods) I produce more power. Not enough to offset the aerodynamics of being in the drops with my head down, but enough to notice.

It just seems that Rollin wants his bars lower for some reason, aside from comfort. My concern is that he's either sacrificing comfort for aesthetics, or chasing the aerodynamic dragon.
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LOL. I was afraid to cut my steerer too, but that is taking it a bit far.
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Don't knock it. It's what you gotta do when you have freakishly long legs and big feet.
But instead of a bunch of spacers and a flipped down stem you could lose a spacer or 2 and flip it up - or get a stem with a higher rise and lose more spacers.
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Don't knock it. It's what you gotta do when you have freakishly long legs and big feet.
Or not buy a racing bike with a short headtube if going fast isn't for you.
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maybe the person with the bike might be temporarily borrowing it from someone and can't cut it to size? just tossing a possible theory out there to why it's uncut.
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maybe the person with the bike might be temporarily borrowing it from someone and can't cut it to size? just tossing a possible theory out there to why it's uncut.
But why would the original owner not cut that steerer tube? Somebody should make a top cap with a blinking red light to warn low-flying aircraft.
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Originally Posted by MrCjolsen View Post
Isn't the rule of thumb to have the tops of the bars 1-2 inches below the top of the saddle?
For racing...

And if you follow the marketing, everyone should ride like racers...

Actually, there are several "rules of thumb" and one of them, I believe French fit, starts with the bars even with the seat. A popular configuration among people for whom speed isn't the primary objective of cycling, like tourers, and me.
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Originally Posted by rollin View Post
I don't like my stack and my inflexible back.

I'm not loosing spacers as quickly as I'd like to be.

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What's the advantage of having them super low? I know when I sit up (tops or hoods) I produce more power. Not enough to offset the aerodynamics of being in the drops with my head down, but enough to notice.
Looks like your 3rd sentence answered your first sentences question.
You can go faster with less power if you can get into a more aerodynamic position.
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I run a tall stack, bar tops just slightly below saddle. My neck appreciates it on long rides.

I also notice that in races I spend more time on the drops than everybody else. (Meaning, greater than zero.... Hmm....). What's the point of having drop bars if you never use the drops?
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But instead of a bunch of spacers and a flipped down stem you could lose a spacer or 2 and flip it up - or get a stem with a higher rise and lose more spacers.
Why? Is it just aesthetics, or a functional difference. Because, my choice would be more spacers and near horizontal stem - but strictly because I think it looks better.
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