It seems logical to me that my handlebars should probably be at least as wide as my shoulders, but that's proving to be rather wide I think. I had a lot of problems with my elbows feeling terrible because I had them pushed out to the sides to compensate for the seemingly narrow bar installed on my Jamis. I am starting to think this is also what's causing my hands to get very numb on this bike. I've got my hands all sorts of cock-eyed with these bars, but I'm a bit concerned that finding a bar wide enough is going to be a problem. I pretty much need drop bars because I have Shimano 105 STI shifters, and I won't be able to afford new shifters for a flat bar. I'm assuming that's what would have to be done if I got a flat/wide bar.
So basically I guess what I'm trying to ask is if anyone here has exceptionally wide shoulders and has experienced problems as a result, and if so did you have any success in finding a bar that fit your needs besides a flat bar.