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Singlespeed & Fixed Gear "I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!"-- Henri Desgrange (31 January 1865 - 16 August 1940)

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Old 09-03-06, 10:01 PM   #1
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flat/riser bar -vs- drops / geometry question

i just got a steamroller and i'm trying to figure out what kind of bars i want. i am leaning towards a flat or riser bar , but i dont know how to make that work geometry-wise. on my cross bike, i have a 52 cm TT and a 9 cm stem w/drops, and that fits me perfectly. the surly has a 53 TT, so if i use a 10 cm stem, i'm still coming up about 7-8 cm short.

so i guess my question is, how do you get proper riding position with a flat bar without using a ridiculously long stem?
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Old 09-03-06, 10:53 PM   #2
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The idea with flat bars is usually to put you in a more upright position. If you want to ride in a drop position, use drops. Or you could try a 13cm stem and see where that puts you.
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Old 09-03-06, 11:29 PM   #3
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psh I would run and 80mm stem and rock the risers then you can see up ove traffic and its like riding a la -z - boy
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