Decided to get a shorter stem, so ordered a 90mm stem online. Slightly concerned about possible squirrelly handling, especially when I’ve already made it more squirrelly with the front rack. It didn’t feel that heavy when I was carrying the box up to my apartment but when I rode with it to Critical Mass yesterday I kept checking to see if my brake was rubbing against my front wheel, because I had to pedal so much harder to move compared to before. Perhaps I should have just gotten an Old Man Mountain rear rack, or a Carradice SQR saddle bag. Although racks are more versatile than saddlebags — I might have to carry big boxes of stuff I’ve ordered online from the UPS depot.
I am strangely fascinated by moustache bars, but I will hold off trying them out, because they would get in the way if I wanted to tie the milk crate on the front rack for hauling groceries.