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    Narrow bars

    I'm not talking about hipster narrow but has anyone switched to bars less than 24 inches? I was riding with 26" riser bars but recently switched to a cheap Sette flat bar and it has made a big difference. I don't use bar ends on the commuter so the only thing I have on the bars is shifter/brake a computer and small light. I still have plenty of room for other gadgets if needed.

    I know the general trend is to go wider but I don't see the need on a commuter. On my SS 29er I run a 27" bar but that is a horse of a different color.

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    They make bars wider that 24"?

    I've never ridden bars wider than ~22" and it works great for me.
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    No reason to run 27" bars for commuting. I only like wide bars for aggressive, trail riding. They feel weirdly unnecessary otherwise. I commute on my road bike which has 44cm drop bars. If I ran a flat bar, I'd definitely run something in the 22-24" range.

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    Road bars on mine. Probably 42cm, but they're whatever's stock and don't piss me off enough for me to change them.

    My MTB doesn't get terribly wide bars either.
    "Don't buy upgrades; ride up grades." -Eddy Merckx

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    Absolutely, I think I've chopped every bar that's on every bike I own. I use a couple of the leftover end pieces as bearing shims for my profiles.
    I'm 6'1" so I don't need short bars because I'm narrow-shouldered!
    Just a handling preference.
    If steel is real then aluminium is supercallafragiliniun!

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