Road bikes – how important to have matching bars, stem and seatpost?
You mean the bar tape and stuff? I run white tape black charge saddle, I did used to have a white Knife but that’s on the current winter race mtb, I think on the willier I’ve an EC90 post and Pro stem, but I might have put that on the dolan for winter…I generally see MTB parts and Road parts as interchangable 🙂
I’m just waiting for someone to quote the velominati rules as if they weren’t a joke…Posted 5 years agomatthew_hMember
This is intriguing. Pretty much the kinds of answers I was expecting.
I’ve just bought a pair of 3T bars and was planning on using a Thomson seatpost but I’m not a fan of the Thomson road stem and think a X4 may look a bit too chunky. The matching 3T stem looks ok but then would leave me with a non-matching seatpost. Being a large chap, I’m reluctant to trust a 3T seatpost.
All going to be on a rather special bike so I want it to be right.Posted 5 years ago
Road bikes are for riding,
Nah, they’re for sitting around drinking coffee aren’t they…
On sunday I had just taken the child out swimming and she was fast asleep in the pram so walked to the bike shop on the Quayside for a coffee. A group of rather portly older gents turned up….Pinarello Dogma with Carbones, Willier Imperialle, Independent Fabrications they had some serious bike porn to coo over between them.
They must have been there for over an hour whilst I waited for the missus to come back from the car boot sale and when she turned up and we left they were still there, just drinking coffee eating cakes, the mind boggles.Posted 5 years agotonydMember
Depends on budget and levels of OCD! I have one road bike which started out as my Sunday best/race bike. It was my first really nice road bike (back pre-kids when I had disposable income) so got the full treatment – carbon everything, expensive wheels, etc. I frickin love that bike.
Now it doubles up as a commuter and is currently in a bike locker outside work with (clip on) mudguards, 3 rear lights, 2 fronts, and a toolbox attached to the lovely carbon bottle cage. Oh, and when I had to replace the carbon Cinelli seat post I put on an alloy Bonty one that cost £6 (posted) from the classifieds!
My point is that you might feel the need to spend as much as you possibly can afford and match everything, but if you ride it enough those things stop mattering. So long as it rides well and fulfills it’s role then it’s all good.Posted 5 years agocharlie the bikemongerSubscriber
It’s 6.2 NIPs. On the stupid scale of inconsequential nonsense.
Who gives a shit? Really? I personally would refrain from heckling or spitting at anyone with un-matching brands or colours.
But I did see someone with odd dust caps, well, he was just asking for it.Posted 5 years agoaaMember
i would prefer to have matching bar stem post combo. BUT, i have italian frame with 25.0mm seatpost which means it’s very difficult to achieve. (I dont want thomson stem on road bike – it’s just wrong) 8)
so, do whatever you like and you can justify it on grounds of fit/weight/appearance/ergonomics/cost at your leisure.Posted 5 years agothisisnotaspoonMember
2 out of 3 for me.
Currently that means matching bars and stem (Ritchey WCS 260 and evocurve), and Canyon seatpost. Both black/white so don’t look too jaring together. It’s not like a stem can ‘fit’ better than another stem, they all come in 10mm increments. so why not pick it on asthetic grounds to match the bars (which are a personal choice) or seatpost, which was probably picked on asthetic/weight/price grounds and the stem will probably fit the same criteria.
It’s not so much trying to match stuff, just a case of why not match it? It won’t affect the ride positively or negatively more than the sum of the individual components but the perception is that if the rider has bothered to match components, has colour matched cable ends, neat cable routing crossed under the downtube, neatly wound bar tape and a saddle that looks significanly more worn than the rest of the bike etc, then they’ve probably spent time setting it up right, and it probbly rides very nicely indeed and the owner is a ‘propper cyclist’ rather than just someone on a bike.
Whereas a cobbled together winter hack says exactly the same thing as the nice summer bike, but only in mid winter.Posted 5 years ago
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