Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Montréal (Québec)
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1. If they are comfortable, leave them that way. On the other hand, if you feel like you have the arms or elbows stretched too far apart, cut them. Cut only 1/4 inch at a time. Better be safe than sorry.
As for the width vs busy downtown streets :
– In theory, unless the bars are almost twice wider than your shoulders, your elbows will be slightly wider apart anyways.
– While I don't always agree to the all "purist" ideas of vehicular cycling, I think that cyclists need to drive their vehicle responsibly. Since we tend to find that we should keep away from the door zone (i.e. ride 3-4 ft away from parked cars) and from sewer grades, and that cars should pass at least 3 ft away, I generally don't squeeze in between cars unless it's safe and unless I have at least 6 ft of space to do it safely and predictably.
As for using a shim : it should be equally rigid, but the more surfaces there are, the more squeaking there will be.