Hello all: I recently bought a used black Waterford 1700 in a 54cm frame size. My usual size is a 55cm. The bike is set up for F and R brakes at the factory. It also has a Thopsom Elite "set-back" seat post and a 140mm 3TTT quill stem (on a 1" threaded steerer tube) with 40cm road bars. Therefore the current saddle tip-to-bar lenght is w/in a few mm of the same dimension as my other 2 bikes. The Waterford has standard drop 40cm road style bars and I prefer 42cm bars. I have noticed that most track specific bars are on the narrow side (37-40cm).
So if most, if not all, my riding is going to be on country roads (this is NOT an urban trick-style fixie) for training rides is there going to be any advantage to using Pista bars and stem? Other than bling is there any good reason to use cro-moly steel bars? Since I plan on using the brakes that came on the bike and mounting the hoods in the standard road position would a bar like the Cinelli 65 in a 42cm width be my best bet.
I hate to admit it but style does play a part in my decision as this is my first true track frame and I have always found the simplcity of form and function oh so beautiful.
Thanks in advance for the help.
PS I am so tempted to put a Brooks Swift Ti saddle on it but will keep the Selle Italia Flite TI that came on it so as to keep the weight down. A tubular wheelset with DA track hubs is being built as I type this to help shed a lb of rotating weight.