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    Road bike stems

    When choosing a stem the main things to consider are length, rise, bar diameter and material. Don’t get too hung up though, it’s a relatively easy decision making process when deciding what’s right for you. Handlebar stems look like a fairly standard piece of equipment but have a massive influence on control and comfort. Get the wrong size stem and not only does reaching the bars become an issue but steering as well. Thankfully they are easy to replace and there’s an overwhelming choice available so you can fine tune your position quite easily. There’s no hard and fast rule for choosing a stem, it’s mainly whatever works best for you. Two identical riders with identical bikes may need a different stem so just make sure whatever you have works best for your needs.