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I have bought a second hand 19 inch frame and I am normally used to a 20.5 inch.

The bike rides OK but I would benefit from raising the handlebars.

I have read about fork steerer tube extenders and adjustable bicycle stems.

I personally think the fork extender would be a better way, are there any advantages or disadvantages to either?

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    What type of bike is it? (E.g. road bike, mountain bike, city bike) Does your bike have a threaded or threadless headset? The difference is explained in the following answer: bicycles.stackexchange.com/a/10078/30402 – gschenk Apr 23 at 14:11
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    hybrid, threaded – user30609 Apr 23 at 14:28
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A stem with a greater angle and rise, potentially coupled with a riser handlebar will be a stronger solution than a steerer extender. If you are doing casual riding on flat ground a steerer extender is probably OK. If you are riding rough terrain and putting a lot of force through the bars an extender may not be able to handle it.

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Are you sure you have a threaded steerer? Like this?

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If so, then there are a few options:

If you just want a quick bike fit fix and be done with it, then, as you most likely have a quill stem, get one with higher height and/or angle:

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But, if you want a long-term thing and 'get with the times', you can fit a quill stem to threadless adapter:

(2nd image is an expander stem version, but it also works the same)

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Though you will also need to buy an actual threadless stem too.

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    The "wedge" (first three) stem is generally seen as a more robust and safer design than the "slit and cone" (last example). – Kibbee May 13 at 13:03

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