So I decided to switch to a more anatomical handlebar set up on my fixie, because the standard drops aren't too comfortable for long rides, for my taste. I got a Cinelli Nerve, black, 42 cm... nice and tight drop bars with anatomical dimensions... only thing is that there are grooves set into the bar for a normal road bike's shifters+brakes. I'm only sporting one brake, and it goes to the front, so it basically won't be using the grooves at all... Is this an opportunity to use the grooves to dampen the vibrations from LA's crappy roads?
I was thinking I'd silicon caulk in the grooves (and before it cures, smooth it so it's seamless in the bar) and then wrap it in the full cork tape... otherwise I think the grooves will just be a nuisance to feel while riding.
Does anyone have any experience with this? Ever try it? Any ideas?