I'm thinking of a ergonomic-shaped or 'wing' stoker handlebar as my next investment of easing numbness of my stoker's hands and wrists. She's 5'-5", and our Trek tandem came with a 46cm cyclocross handlebar. (Bontrager CX Race or something like that.) I was reading the thread on padded tape kits like Specialized Bar Phat, and saw some people really like the wing bars like E3 Composites.
I can't find any info no E3. Apparently they were made by Performance bike, but not any more. A Forte carbon bar is at Performance that looks pretty good, but only goes up to 44cm.
1. Is a wide stoker bar like 46cm generally more comfortable for the hands and elbows?
2. Anyone know what happened to E3 Composites? Is it under a new name now or simply gone?
3. Many ergonomic drop bars I recently checked don't seem to have as much shaping at the bend for comfort in the hoods as the old photos of E3 I've found. Anyone know of an available bar similar to the E3? Or a bar that is more comfortable than a round bar in all the typical hand positions... tops, bend, hoods, and drops? Pic here: http://www.buzzillions.com/reviews/e...dlebar-reviews
4. Do the female stokers out there have good reviews of bars with short, compact drops? Or, is that mostly to reach levers with smaller hands, and so a standard drop size bar is just as good for a stoker, if not better since it's a bigger change in position?
Thanks in advance. This help with width, ergonomic contour, and dimensions of the drop will help me narrow down the shopping list.