First I should mention that I am using a quill stem that I do not wnat to get rid of. It is a flex Garvin and I find it nice and flexable on my long tours. And you should know that it fits a standard Alu road bar.
Now, the issue is that I can not get it all into my S & S case when I pack my bike. Additionally, at this time w/o the bars and stem I am already at 49 lbs, just 1 lb. away from the airline limit. So I am thinking of a way to keep my stem and go with a flat bar for easier packing.
HOWEVER, I like bar end shifters for long trips since they can be fixed on the road. MY thought, eliminate all potential problems as possible and that means Rapid Fire.
I have looked at Mustash bars but they do not have the relaxing 'ride on top' of the bar hand position that I like. Does this mean that I have to go to Thumbies? Or is there another alternative? Remember, my stem fits a standard dia road bar.