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My son inherited a Giant MTX 225 bike (I think a 2004 model). How do you adjust the handlebars closer to the seat (my son has to lean forward to reach them and it puts his back in an uncomfortable position)?

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Stem length is the only dimension that can be modified, assuming the bike is not TOO long. They don't adjust in that direction but a Bike Shop can work with you to select one with a shorter reach and/or a different rise if necessary.

If your son has any desire to ride faster than 15mph or so for prolonged periods he's going to have to get his torso down and out of the wind, so a leaning forward postion would serve that goal.

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