Height Increase Cycling

Cycling Maintenance for Mountain Bikes Adjust Stem Height on a Mountain Bike

One of the nice things about you thread lessheadset stem is that is allows you to fairly quickly play with how high your handlebarsare. With our thread less stem we have the option of running it this way, or this way.As you can see those are very different angles. We can also play with how high they are onthe steer tube of the bike by adding or subtracting spacers. I mean if I wanted the stem thishigh I could just put on a stack of spacers to achieve that. This, we have to remember we adjust thesethe same way; you have to adjust the headset every time you take off the stem. It's thestem that ultimately keeps the headset locked

down and at the right tension. That├ęs thesimple using your top cap and tightening things us so they are just tight enough so that youdon't have that front to back play and you still have a really smooth overall rotation.You can see with a seven degree rise stem that I have here, it really makes a big differencein handle bar height whether you have it this side up, or if I flip it over and run it inverted.My handlebars are significantly lower. One of the real big advantages with having thesethread less headsets and these steer tubes and these nice clamp on stems is that we canflip them over. With the older style threaded headsets it's easy to adjust the height becauseyou have a coil here that you can slide up

and down by loosening this, but if you wanta big change, like if I wanted to flip this over obviously I can't flip it over becausethere is nothing holding it to the bike.

How To Perform A Bike Fit Reach And Stem Length For Road Cycling

The reach to the handlebars is so important because of the static nature of cycling for the upper body, so it's oneof the few sports where there's such a difference between upper and lower body. The majority of the time you'rethe sameposition bent over essentially for massive,massive periods, and very static. So if you get that reachwrong, over that amount time it can add up to discomfort and at worst, pain

and injuries. Most people's defaultposition is on the brake levers, obviously that's where the gear changes doing,that needs to bepeople's comfort zone, if that's too far away they generallyoverreach. Most people will bend forward people will have a small bendtheir midbackand they'll take up the slack with their shoulders so if the reach istoo far away the shoulders bow round, they're always using their pecs slightly to hold themselves out, very straightarmed,

and it means that the connecting muscles, the rhomboidsthe shoulder blades are always being stretched and not beingused, so over a period of time they get weak, get very tight, and people end up like this.If you're too far away and you're overreaching, there's a lack ofstability and strength. If you're going to do something dextrous, forexample when you chop an onion at home you do it closewhere you've got themost control and strength, you don't do it way out,

and it's the same on the bike, you wantto have control and strength so you can handle the bike, change gear, adapt, make small changesdescending, this needs always to be close andyour comfort zone. If you're seta natural seat position, sowe're talking about having the front of the knee over the pedal axle, so that standard position,most people a good balance between aerodynamics andcomfort for your average sportive rider is that 45 degree

angle. Some people who might be able to moveforward more are guys who have more natural flexibility inthe chain, which is the hamstrings, glutes and lower back. So part of that is work so flexibility, stretching, and part of it isjust a natural ability really, some people are naturally more flexible that others. Occupation is a big factoras well, so people who spend a lot of time

that seated position are more likelyto be quite stiffthe hamstrings and also quite stiffit the hip flexors. So we're talking about back angle of about 40to 50 degrees on the top of the levers is a good compromisebetween comfort and aerodynamics. Like I say, Si being expro and being ableto handle those lower tolerances from years of riding a bike he'sat the lower end at '.3 for his back angle. So what we're looking at here with Si is keeping that upper arm angle

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