Q: I am 6-foot-2 and have an Ibis Mojo 3 size XL. I love the bike, but have issues with the rise of the handlebars and stem height. I have approximately 3 inches of spacers and a 100-millimeter stem at +5 degrees. I feel as if this is wrong, and I am looking for a fix. When I bought the bike, I asked the shop not to cut the steerer tube so that I could raise and lower the stem to my comfort. Friends are telling me that I may want to go to the Ripley, which has 29er wheels and a higher fork. Are there bikes out there that will help me with this problem? When I only use one or two spacers, I feel very bent over. I have been MTB riding for over 20 years, and this is my first full-suspension bike.
—Jeff Chetlin, who needs a big bike
TO CLIP OR NOT TO CLIP? THAT IS THE QUESTION
Q: I have been a clipped-in rider for years but recently went back to flats. I can’t seem to keep from bouncing off the pedals on rough stuff. Can you help?
—Mark, who can’t keep his foot on the pedal
The upside to this, in our experience, is that any rider who can ride flat pedals is more skilled than one who can only ride clips. Learn to bunny hop, carve and ride tough technical terrain on flats and it will feel like you’re cheating when you go back to clips. Also, once you’ve learned the skills to ride with flats, don’t neglect to keep practicing them. We find it’s very helpful to migrate back to flat pedals at least a couple of times a season to keep our skills sharp.
Q: I’m wondering about the make/ model of your cool, green, double-top-bar single-speed with the front chrome spring shock.
—Ed O’Connel, who wants the coolest cruiser
That said, however, this was the first cruiser-racer-style bike that came out of the Black Sheep factory. It inspired those guys to build a whole line of bikes that are very similar to ours and equally cool. If you’re looking for a bike like that, get in touch with James Bleakley at Black Sheep. He’ll hook you up.
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