This afternoon I installed a handlebar stem riser on my Nishiki Maricopa road bike. As I was reminded on my Saturday ride, having a gut make for a less comfortable ride on a road bike. By raising the handlebars I am able to have a more upright riding position.
As the bike came from the factory:
Removing the handlebars, using the Granite Rocknroll mini ratcheting tool kit:
And finally, with the Outerdoo stem riser installed:
I took it for a short test ride up and down the block. The derailleur and brake cables had enough slack in them so their function is unaffected. My riding position is now more upright and much more comfortable. We're currently in a heatwave so a full shakedown run will have to wait until Friday or Saturday.
If I ever do manage to lose my gut I can restore the bike to its original configuration.