We won't be trading bikes anytime soon, Brenda. I am 6'1” My bike is a 60 cm with a 120 mm stem.
Lately, I've been playing with the stem. First I flipped it over – it's angled at 7° so that dropped the bar 3 cm – bike felt a little better – balance and agility were enhanced.
This past Sunday, I moved a spacer on the steering post up above the stem. That dropped the bar another cm. Bike felt really good – climbing and power down the straights seemed to flow endlessly.
A little is good – more is better, right?? Down another cm today – went for a ride – didn't quite feel right at first – thought maybe I just need to get used to it – 40 km later – shoulders were a little sore, neck getting a bit of a kink, rythmn seemed to be off. Well, 40 km to go – thought I would leave it for the rest of the ride and then decide at home. Climbed a hill – didn't feel right at all – thought 'why am i putting up with this – it hurts and this ain't ever going to work.' Got out the 5mm allen key and 5 minutes later the bar was back up to Sunday's setting. Rode down the hill and back up again to see.
Bike felt great!! Handling, agility, power, climbing, rythmn, comfort were right on. The funny thing is I never would have known how right it was before if I hadn't tried it.
Rest of the ride home went great and was 77 times more fun than the first half of the ride.
Just goes to show ya that ya gotta tinker a little to get it right, but when you do, it's worth it!!
______ 80 km today on a beautiful BC day !!
Edited by: FALCONFLEWAWAY at: 6/15/2007 (01:14)