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Old 03-08-2017, 11:06 AM   #1
Schip
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Raising Handlebars on road bike

Hello,

I recently purchase a used road bike on Craigslist. I have been using a hybrid for years. It's been 20+ years since I have ridden a road bike. I intend to use the bike for recreational rides in the Southern 'Daks. I do hope to do a century or two in the future.
My friend convinced me that I would probably get a better value for my dollar if I bought a well maintained used bike than if I bought a new one. I have very short legs and so I needed a small frame size. I found a 2012 Giant TCR Advanced 1 with an XS frame. I've included a pic of the bike.
Anyway, the person I bought if from suggested I go to a bike shop and get a professional fitting. The problem is that I spent all the money I had on the bike! But there must be gazillons of people riding around on bikes that haven't been professionally fitted for them. So, I am just going to do it myself.
I've decided I would be more comfortable if I raised the handlebars. I've watched a couple of you tube videos and it looks pretty simple. They do suggest you use a torque wrench to make sure the bolts are tightened properly. I don't have such a wrench nor would I know how to use one. Do I really need to use a torque wrench?
Later in the spring, there is a local bike shop that offers classes on bike maintenance which I plan to attend. But I would really like to go riding sooner, since the weather seems to be cooperating.
Thanks in advance for your help.


Kathy
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