TheRich wrote: ↑
Sat Nov 07, 2020 12:52 am
Has anyone gone narrower and NOT liked it?
Used 42 cm bars on most of my bikes for years. A damaged shoulder prompted a nearly two year experiment riding 40 cm on my main good weather road bike. Just switched back to 42. I prefer the better steering precision in hard cornering, and better stability and leverage in hard out of the saddle efforts with the wider bar vs any potential aero gains of the narrower.
Even with the 42's, and my elbows tight by my sides in a good low aero position, my forearms angle inward toward the levers a fair bit. Probably due to my levers being angled in a bit. The knobs at the end of the hoods where my hands spend most of the time (really long arms) are each about 2 cm inboard from the bars. That would equate to a 38cm bar with straighter levers. Very happy with the setup and wouldn't want my hands any closer together.
Worth noting is that I spend a few weeks each summer in purely mountainous terrain - nothing but big time climbing and descending. For that I have 44cm bars, and as soon as I hit the first descent I am glad I have them. Much more control throwing the bike around in the twistys.
I do wonder about scale. Me, 183cm and very wide shouldered, using 42cm bars, would not that be the equivalent of smaller narrower riders using 38 or 36 as far as how the body interacts with the bike?