Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Conners on Sat 6/May/17 9:23pm

Ok, first ride feedback.
1. Width (730) felt pretty good in general in terms of fit.
2. Stem was actually 80mm (thought it was 70), and I didn't notice any real difference in reach from my current 90mm.
3. Clipped a tree on Towai Traverse, rode that and 491 as they're probably the tightest I normally ride. No real damage, skinned my knuckle. Pain is a good way to calibrate I guess.
4. Steering definitely felt slower and more deliberate, but certainly felt the extra leverage.

Will definitely try a shorter stem (hopefully got a 60mm on the way soon), and know that I definitely need a riser bar with similar upsweep to what I currently ride. My first test bar is flat with no upsweep, lost 40mm off my bar height and certainly felt it.

Interesting experiment so far - not jumping to any big conclusions after just one ride though. Wider certainly felt good on Super Plus - fast and a bit less toight.

Pity my shoe assoloded right at the start of the ride. An SPD jandal isn't much fun when you need to unclip in a hurry...
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby lastnotfast on Sun 7/May/17 7:28am

Oh no! The transition to flat pedals has begun.
He will never go back!
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Velocipedestrian on Sun 7/May/17 9:09am

Astoria Paranoia wrote:Lol it's a small.
He'd need a large mebbe

Well he can't have mine.

It's old fashioned anyway, tiny wheels and no carbon.
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Velocipedestrian on Mon 29/May/17 10:01pm

Been out? Ride report?
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Conners on Mon 29/May/17 10:16pm

Velocipedestrian wrote:Been out? Ride report?

And somewhere, a little boy waits...
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Boik is still set up with my borrowed 40mm stem and 730 bars.
70mm stema dn 740 mm bars on a plane currently.

Although I did spot a 60mm 31.8 stem on a hand me down kids mountain bike hanging in the shed yesterday... :sneaky:
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Rik on Tue 30/May/17 9:03am

Conners wrote:Although I did spot a 60mm 31.8 stem on a hand me down kids mountain bike hanging in the shed yesterday... :sneaky:


Stealing candy from a child, how low can you go? :p
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Velocipedestrian on Tue 30/May/17 11:52am

Nah, that's a justifiable win/win.
Kid gets the 40mm and corresponding #endubro points.
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Rik on Tue 30/May/17 1:39pm

I shouldn't say anything. I'm currently 'borrowing' my daughters bottle cage.
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby shmoodiver on Wed 31/May/17 9:44pm

Aaaand your headset still hasn't shipped.... :angry:
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Velocipedestrian on Wed 31/May/17 9:51pm

shmoodiver wrote:Aaaand your headset still hasn't shipped.... :angry:

They're waiting for the tea to brew properly.
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Conners on Fri 2/Jun/17 12:08pm

Package arrived yesterday - fun times ahead.
Wide bars are wide, swept bars are swept.
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I didn't leave the old ones on in the end, figured I only have two hands.

Of course while I was giving the bike a general spruce up I also found the drive side BB bearing was seized. So with a new BB and headset it will have had a total makeover.
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Velocipedestrian on Fri 2/Jun/17 1:01pm

35mm clamp?
Trickier to swap around (less borrowable test pieces) but stifferer is supposed to be betterer...
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Conners on Fri 2/Jun/17 1:16pm

Velocipedestrian wrote:35mm clamp?
Trickier to swap around (less borrowable test pieces) but stifferer is supposed to be betterer...

Nope - my old setup was 25mm :lol:
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Velocipedestrian on Fri 2/Jun/17 2:02pm

Just how many aspects of the old setup put it in the officially "unrideable" camp?
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Re: Wide Bars And Short Stems - Speak To Me

Postby Conners on Fri 2/Jun/17 9:37pm

I'm sure the list is long and distinguished :rolleyes:
The beauty of riding the same bike for so long is that you don't know any better.
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