Reducing spacers on headset

Discussion in 'Bicycle Mechanics and Repairs' started by Lien Sdrawde, 23 Jul 2012.

  1. Ive got 4 spacers on my road / audax bike headset (hope ive got the anatomy correct) - which was to help me stay comfortable when I was a big fatty, but my belly is much slimmer and i'm concious I could be a bit more aerodynamic if I reduced this.
    Are there any negative points to doing this as i'm very comfy on the bike and would like to know if I should hesitate before reducing down to 3, or possibly 2 spacers?
    Thanks muchly, Neil. :smile:
  2. fossala

    fossala Veteran

    It is completely reversible as long as you don't cut the steering tube. Give it a try, if you don't like it put it back.
  3. ushills

    ushills Senior Member

    No issues really, just swap them to above the stem.

    Your body and back will adjust to the new position.
  4. numbnuts

    numbnuts Legendary Member

    North Baddesley
    If it ain't bust don't fix it.
  5. PpPete

    PpPete Guru

    Chandler's Ford
    Just move the spacers from below the stem to above it. Easy to do and completely reversible.
    When you know how many spacers you want for definite you can cut the steerer down.
  6. john59

    john59 Guru

    Why not lower the handlebars by moving the spacers above the stem and ride your bike for a while before making the commitment to cutting the stem down.

  7. john59

    john59 Guru

    Beat me to it.

  8. scouserinlondon

    scouserinlondon Senior Member

    streatham, London
    I moved my spacers ages ago but can't be bothered to cut the steerer, feels like a disaster waitng to happen. And I don't own a pipe cutter!
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