# Your question: How long should a road bike stem be?

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Generally speaking, stem lengths on road bikes vary from 80 to 140mm, with 100mm and 110mm the most common sizes. There are shorter and longer stems available if you’re short or very tall and ride a frame size at the extreme end of the size range.

## What is the ideal stem length for a road bike?

As a rule of thumb, on a road bike you shouldn’t run a stem much shorter than 90mm or much longer than 130mm. If you need a stem length beyond those extremes, your bike frame is the wrong size.

## How do you calculate the length of a stem?

Unfortunately there are no reliable ways to determine stem length by a bike stem calculator. If you are moving your position from one bike to another, this can be done by measuring your old position from the tip of the saddle to the center of the handlebar.

## Is 60mm stem too long?

A longer stem shifts your body weight towards the front of the bike and puts you in a better pedaling position, especially on those steep climbs. … For those aggressive trail bikes out there, we recommend using a stem in the 50-60mm length range.

## How do I know what size stem I need for my bike?

Know the length by measuring from the middle bolt of the bike’s headset top to the center of the handlebar. Ensure that you measured the length in centimeters or millimeters. A bike stem length usually runs in 10 mm increments and starts from 70 mm to 140 mm.

## Is my bike stem too long?

You don’t want your arms locked out straight, that’s a sign of a stem that is too long. … If the stem length is correct, the handlebars should completely hide the front hub. If you can see the hub in front of the handlebar, the stem is too short.

## How do I know if my stem is too short?

Look down at your bars and see where they line up in relation to your front hub. If the stem is too long the bars will be too far forward and the hub will be aligned behind the bars. If the stem is too short the hub will be aligned in front of the bars.

## Can you flip a bike stem?

You can flip your road bike stem, either up or down. There is no correct stem angle, position, or length. … If you need to flip your bike stem to make you ride more comfortably, it’s perfectly okay to do that and it is quite simple too, as explained.

## How do you measure a road bike stem?

Stem length is measured from the middle of the headset stem cap bolt to the middle of the handlebar. Got it? Good.

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## Is 60mm stem too short on a road bike?

60 might be a little short. 70 sounds short but not unreasonable. a shorter stem will make the bike feel twitchy.