Subject: RE: Buying used bike - how to handle this issue?
Originally posted by linkslefty
Thanks for all the responses guys. An issue I had this last year was riding on a lower front end in aero position for too long was causing some numbness in my toes. After I put an extension on my front end and raised up the front, it relieved that numbness. However I don't want to ride a bike with an extension because it seems to be a band aid and frankly, I think it looks bad. I found some risers for my old syntace clip on aero bars, but my question is, how high of a riser is still considered safe? Up to an inch? Is the idea of an upward angled stem coupled with aero pad risers acceptable, or would that lend toward the argument that the bike isn't the right size?
The Zipp Vuka go up to 5mm
). The Argon 119 gets all it's stack adjustability by risers and I would have to check but I believe they are around 5cm as well. The Tour guys routinely have 5cm of risers under their pads.
However, I am not sure what a long stem at a high angle with 5cm of pads would be like.
One thing you may want to try is some shorter cranks to open up your hip angle. This is a proven way to get lower.
Here is Alex Dowsett's setup
(Alex Dowsett TT bike Tour de France 2015 - 12.jpg)
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