I know, this has been addressed a billion times, but what are the best drop bars? What makes a drop bar great? Ergo/non-Ergo? Backsweeps on the tops (like Nitto Noodles)? Flat ramps (like Noodles?)? Flares (like Salsa Bell-Laps)? I had an interesting discussion with a friend of mine this weekend. He's an elderly gentleman who used to be big into touring and still has his old Peugeot well-maintained, although he really can't ride it anymore, and has been big into target pistols for many years. Turns out both hobbies put similar strains on wrists and arms. He feels that a flare on a drop bar puts your wrist at just the right angle to distribute force properly when riding on the hoods or drops, and his Peugeot shows it with a nicely sculpted old drop bar with some flare to it, somewhat like a Nitto Randonneur, but without the "humps". Eh, after all this rambling, I'm trying to decide between Nitto Noodles, Ritchey Biomax, or Salsa Bell-Laps and have no idea which to get. I'm going to ride the bike 80% roads 20% trails.
I like the salsa short and shallows that I've been using for a couple of years. I went halfway across the country with the bell-laps and hated them. The flare put my wrists at an angle that was uncomfortable while in the drops. Maybe it was just me, though. I would like to try some bars with a more subtle flare sometime, though, like the noodls.