6’3” tall Bianchi via nirone c2c Alu carb 2010 bike.
I got hit by a car and am just rebuilding this bike so I can ride (the other one was totaled). The 120mm stem on it made the steering very skittish. I had a spare 130mm stem so I installed it in place of the 120 and it makes the steering more stable.
Nine years ago I cut the steerer tube down leaving x2 1cm spacers under the stem. After eight months off the bike post-accident I’m not as flexible a rider as I once was and would like to raise the bars but I don’t trust those steerer extension gadgets (I’m a big guy and I don’t need more time with the doctors!), so I fitted a 130mm stem. The steering is more stable and my long arms feel ok with the reach. However, I can see 1cm of my front hub while riding in this new position, does that really matter so much? The plum line from knee to pedal spindle is bang on.
I tried flipping the old 120mm stem up, but it was still skittish though. I can’t yet find a replacement suited Bianchi fork that hasn’t been cut either.
So is it really so important to have my position on the bike such that the handlebars are block my view the hub or is the comfort and stability of my current position more important than the "blocked front hub view rule of thumb"? Thoughts?
Thanks for helping me :)
Im just a Mamil cyclist.
I’ve done some endurance stuff including trans America race and stuff but I’ll leave the wind tunnels to the TDF gang this year I think lol!
This bike is just for local rides to get back in the saddle after getting hit so I no longer have to risk my endurance bike to drivers around here :)