I know there is currently another "what bars?" thread currently. I read it and learned a couple of things. As far as I could tell from that thread there isn't much difference in the types of bars commonly used. I know that some people are big fans of the Woodchipper style bars made by Salsa. How common are these in CX? Are they still too "mountain bikeish" for any "real" cross rider to consider?
At first I was building a commuter oriented bike with strong leaning toward CX. But I realized I was wanting too much from one bike and decided to build 2. I'm currently doing a tour in the military so I have the extra cash and I enjoy spending my free time researching parts (most of this is pretty new to me). I buy a LOT of parts on eBay and I've had pretty good luck since I can afford to be patient. The first bike started as a Trek Fitness bike and morphed into a Soma Double Cross that still has riser bars and I'm thinking of adding fenders too. I've literally replaced every part on the Trek and now I just need to transfer those to the Soma. I'm giving the Trek to my wife after I reassemble it.
The second bike we'll call the "CX" will be built to be faster than the Soma with less extras but it will be used mainly for commuting when the weather is nice and I feel like getting around a little faster. I've already got a titanium fame and fork (something I really wanted) and I have a ballpark idea of what type of parts I want on the rest of the bike except for the bars. This will be my first drop bar bike so I really don't have any personal experience to go on. Definitely going the brifter route with whatever I choose.
Thanks for the input,
Update... my bad I just reread the other thread I mentioned and the woodchipper bars are specifically discussed. I failed to see that the first time (although I do remember skimming other parts of the post). In that post it mentions that the WC bars are ideally suited for mtb geometry. Any input as to the negative I might notice if used w/ CX geometry? I'll go ahead and leave this post up in hopes for input specific to my app. Thanks again