Re: Flipping Stem?
Originally Posted by rdr0912
What do you mean by this?
My stem is not that aggressive of an angle...maybe a few degrees at most, that's why I'm not sure what kind of difference it would make. I will check to see if there are any spacers on there first before I flip it. On my ride this morning I did a fair amount of climbing and I specifically paid attention to where I was comfortable WRT the handlebar. I found that even on relativly steep climbs I was on the brake hoods the majority of the time. When I was on the flat part of the bar, I felt like I was sitting straight up and acting like a huge sail slowing me down (even if it was only 9-11 mph lol).
Like others said (those who weren't joking anyway), just flip it over, ride for a few times and decide whether you like it. Don't make the judgement during the first ride because it is something you need to adjust to it, might like it after a few times even if it feels uncomfortable at first.
IT's a very easy procedure. If you don't know anything about tightening the headset bearings, you might just bring it to the shop you bought the bike at and ask them to flip it. IT takes about 2 minutes and I'd bet they'll just do it while you stand there and watch. If you want to do it yourself, go to the parktool website and look at their instructions on adjusting the head set bearings. For a newby, it will take 5 minutes instead of 2 minutes - From my personal experience in both categories.