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  1. #1
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    Handlebar position

    I was riding with my wife the other day, and she mentioned that she feels as though she needs her handlebars raised up a little. Problem is, I don't think they can go up any higher than where they are currently. She is riding a 17" Myka, and there are already spacers beneath the headset.

    Would switching to a different stem help to raise her position up a little? I don't think she needs a large change, just a slightly elevated position. If a stem would help, what would I be looking for? I guess I need to look at what is on there now (stock Specialized Myka stem) and look for one with a higher rise?

    Any tips on moving her position up a little?


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    The bike is something like this?
    Specialized Bicycle Components : Myka HT

    No spacers left above the stem?

    The stem on the bike I linked already has 20 degree rise, which is quite a lot. A bar with more rise maybe?

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    It looks like the stem has a good degree of rise to it already, a shorter stem or a little narrower bar might help depending on the situation.

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    Maybe enough room to add a spacer under stem? Bars that're higher or closer will get her more upright. Maybe rotate the bars to get em closer/higher? Maybe a shorter stem? They do make stems with more rise BTW. Before you cut the bars to try and shorten reach, move the controls inboard and see if it helps.
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    Thanks for the replies, yes the bike is pretty much exactly like the one linked. It is a 2009 model though, but I don't see many differences except the color. I will try moving the components around that are on there now to see if that helps her out any.

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