Old Ned wrote:
'Compact' bars look awful as do 'Ergonomic' ones. They are the least 'ergonomic' items I can think of! And bl**dy uncomfortable.
I've got a new (October last year) carbon bike and I immediately changed the stem for a longer one and the bars to 'traditional' shape. It's still up in the loft, can't be bothered to get it out with all this rubbish weather.
It's nice to ride.
Compact bars are supposed to be the "in thing" for cyclo-cross at present; each to their own, I guess - I agree that the shallow drop looks peculiar (almost akin to something off a '30s/'40s track machine?), and added to the fact that I have longer than average arms and spend most of each race on the tops or hoods anyway, I'll stick to my ITM Millenniums thanks all the same....
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