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The recovery position

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Desperate times call for desperate measures: rules be damned.

Since I've jiggered my back I've had to make a few allowances.

I've always had a fairly big drop from the seat to the bars. That's a function of my height and the fact that my legs are a touch longer than average, even for a tall chap. But that's not a comfortable position right now. Not that any position is particularly comfortable. But that one especially.

Anyway, spacers are my friend. I was building up my Equilibrium frame before I got the back-knack. Fortunately I hadn't got round to cutting the fork steerer. So I just left it uncut, and dug around in my parts box for all the spacers I could find. And this is the result.

Okay, it's not pretty. And anyone who's a stickler for Rule 45 might be spitting coffee over their keyboard right now. But desperate times, and all that. In my defence, I have ordered some matching spacers. And found a slightly more comely stem.

The venerable Charge Spoon is keeping my poorly disc comfy. I've had to drop the saddle about 2cm as I don't have full extension in my leg yet. That and the spacer stack means I've reduced the drop from the saddle to the bars by about 6.5cm, which has made a lot of difference. It doesn't feel very aero, but at least I can ride okay.

All in all the bike doesn't look too daft. From a distance. The bar tape and saddle don't match, but you're just going to have to live with that.

Dave is a founding father of road.cc, having previously worked on Cycling Plus and What Mountain Bike magazines back in the day. He also writes about e-bikes for our sister publication ebiketips. He's won three mountain bike bog snorkelling World Championships, and races at the back of the third cats.

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