I picked up a new 2009 Fuji Newest 1.0 for a great price during a Performance Bike clearance sale.
I really like the bike but am having trouble adjusting to the handlebar diameter (circumference). They feel too narrow to me. Compared to other road bikes I ride these "feel" too skinny.
The handlebars are listed as being 26mm Anatomical Drops.
I don't know what the 26mm means - is that the circumference of the bar?
1. would using the gel pads that go under the bar tape help. The mechanic at the LBS stated that the gel pads make the handlebar feel too squishy.
(He suggested that I use gel gloves - I do and although it helps the bars still feel too skinny)
2. Should I change the handlebar. If so what suggestions would you guys have for an inexpensive aluminum handlebar? What are the usual handlebar circumferences?