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You can get also get a significant change in position by getting a different set of bars. I would look for various handlebars labeled "short reach or compact". Almost all bars these days have listed the drop and reach. If your current bars are on the long end of the scale, switching bars might solve your problem. Going to a stem that short is going to have ...


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If the spacers ABOVE the stem are rotating or the topcap, it maybe fine, if the headset was properly adjusted. One a headset is adjusted and the stem tightened down, the topcap does nothing and may actually be removed (until you need another headset adjust). That being said, the topcap bolt's tension is unimportant. The only time the tension on it matters ...


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Most likely you are describing a spacer but is it not clear. The spacers should not spin. If they do its a sign the bearings have little or no pre load and the head set will be loose. Couple possible causes 1) the pinch bolts where not loose when the top cap was tightened 2) you are missing a spacer if you want to lower the bar you move the ...


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As said - should not be rotating. A simple check - Pull the front brake only to lock the front wheel and hold. Now rock the bike back and forth. If there is a "click" pushing the bike forward / backward - it is likely the headset is lose. You say the headset allen key nut is tight and compressing the headset? But how tall is the steerer tube - or put ...


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In addition to the previous answers, a relatively cheap way to make the reach shorter without compromising handling is to move grips little closer to you. Applicable on most drop bar handles. Most bicycles have grips set far forward and moving them back some 2 centimeters is safe and won't move them up too much. Expenses - new duct tape to fix cables onto ...


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Swapping the stem may make the riding more comfortable, but you may want to look at other things too Horizontal position of the seat - most seats will be able to be adjusted forwards or backwards. But if you change the position of the seat, relative to the cranks, you need to think about how this will affect your stroke. Handlebar width - if the handlebars ...


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I have a slightly large road bike, which I made a good fit by shortening the stem. You say you have a road bike, yet I don't recognise the image you've posted. I would expect a stem on a road bike to look more like: Aside from that, you're proposing quite a large change - I think I shortened mine by about an inch. I don't suggest there's any great ...


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I've done the opposite (but drop bars before and after), and have a quill stem adaptor to use a non-quill stem with a threaded headset. My fork is 1", but the adaptor came with a similar shim for 1 1/8" steerers. I've also used quill stems with threadless headsets, but only with matching sizes. I don't see any reason the product you link to won't do the job ...


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The real answer here is that reversing the stem changes the handling very little. 90% of the handling comes from the fork length and curve (trail) and the head tube angle. These things control the inherent stability of a bicycle. The stem length is more a matter of comfort, although there is an important matter of knee clearance, especially if you ever ...



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