Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: NJ, NYC, LI
Bikes: 1940s Fothergill, 1959 Allegro Special, 1963? Claud Butler Olympic Sprint, Lambert 'Clubman', 1974 Fuji "the Ace", 1976 Holdsworth 650b conversion rando bike, 1983 Trek 720 tourer, 1984 Counterpoint Opus II, 1993 Basso Gap, 2010 Downtube 8h, and...
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I would measure how much straight area I need for the grips, brake levers, and shifter(s), and cut the bar so there's room for all that but not much more. If you're comfortable steering a road bike with 40 cm of leverage, you don't need more than that.
I put new leather on ruined saddles like Brooks, etc. You can reach me by private message.