After cross season when I jumped back on my mountain bike, the cockpit felt very tight.
This was the same cockpit that I rode in the past 2 years, but felt fine. Three rides, and the bike
Just felt funny.
So I switched out this stem: a 75mm
For this stem a 90mm.
For those math whizzes at home, that’s 15mm that I added to the length of my cockpit.
Two rides with the new stem and it feels so much more comfortable. My new stem has brought even greater happiness to my rides.
I do wonder why after riding a bike in a certain position for almost 2 years, and frankly really liking the position, what made it feel wrong when I jumped back on it this year. Should I have left well enough alone? Perhaps I’ve changed my riding style in a fashion that having 15mm more of cockpit is now needed? Maybe I rely entirely too much on feel.
Perhaps the extended cockpit will position me in a matter that will enable me to improve in incredible ways, and I will be markedly faster this spring than during the past two. Maybe I’ll be able parlay that increased speed into a fantastic 2010 cross season. Perhaps on the last day of the year 2010, I will look back at my wonderful year, I will attribute it to the 15mm I gained in cockpit area, because I changed my stem.
Perhaps, December is just a weird time to be writing in a blog. I do like my new stem.
Tuesday Night I got out with the “loops I did it again” group for an outstanding ride around Middlerun. The trails had superhero traction. Todd, Buddy the keg breaker, Michigan Matt, Peaches, Ted Logic, Jan and Myself made up the group for the last “loops I did it again ride” of 2009. Here’s the geeky elevation change.
Happy New Year’s Folks.
Be safe out there …