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Another bar width questionBVBR
Sep 26, 2002 5:36 AM
I'm building another road bike for intensive training and racing and am wondering about bar width. I'm 6' 155# and currently have 44cm c-c on my 58cm road bike. I like how the 44cm opens my chest up for breathing; however, it also opens my chest up for wind resistence. Would a narrower bar give me more speed without sacrificing too much comfort, or should I just stick with a 44cm? What are other guys with my build and bike size using for racing bars?
If it ain't broke . . .TrekFurthur
Sep 26, 2002 7:48 AM
I'm not your height or weight, but as neither of those influence your bar width, and you have not provided your shoulder width (sorry, I haven't read your other post, which "another . . . question" seems to refer), I'll comment that I doubt if 2 cm is going to make a huge difference in wind resistance.
Lawyer speakEager Beagle
Sep 27, 2002 2:14 AM
When the man in the street says: "If it ain't broke, don't fix it," the
lawyer writes: "Insofar as manifestations of functional deficiencies are
agreed by any and all concerned parties to be imperceivable, and are so
stipulated, it is incumbent upon said heretofore mentioned parties to
exercise the deferment of otherwise pertinent maintenance procedures."

Just in case...
re: Another bar width questionDMoore
Sep 26, 2002 11:25 AM
44 sounds a little wide - I'm 6-1, 175,and ride a 42 c-c. Another consideration is racing - do you race in crits? A narrower bar can come in handy when things get crowded.

Ultimately, though, your comfort will surely outweigh any other considerations unless you're a highly competitive TT rider.
re: Another bar width questionpeterofdevon
Sep 26, 2002 4:54 PM
I'm 6'2 180, and perhaps wider in the shoulder...I ride a 44 and my friend 6'1, 165 who is a tinney narrower in the shoulder, just tested my ride...he is using a 42 or 40 and was impressed with my 44...if it ain't broke!
re: Another bar width questionaeon
Sep 26, 2002 10:52 PM
Most people can get more aero without changing the fit of their bike. Besides, in any group riding/racing situation, that tiny aero advantage is going to dissapear anyway.