Regarding off road touring:
I had what I think is an epiphany to my comfort problem. I recently had a bike fit, and then a new higher stem instaled. The rise seems perfect, but only during times when I need all of my muscles. When I want to sit upright I would put two fingers on the grip until my hands went numb. Then I realized I could flip the bar ends backwards and get a sweep back bar effect. I went on a ride today with them and cant seem to find any problems, they even look kind of cool. I can see the danger in this if i was riding single track, but for long paved and fire roads it seems to work. Anyone use this on rides? any problems with it?