how wide are your bars/shoulders?
So conventional wisdom says that you ride with your handlebars at the width of your shoulders, right? But I've heard that for touring, wider bars are better - to the degree that lots of people like moustache or other non-drop-type bars, which tend towards much wider.
I can see the reasoning for shoulder-width or narrower bars on a normal road bike, especially to zip in and out of traffic. But it seems like on a touring bike the extra width would be more comfortable, and make steering the weight of the bike w/ panniers easier.
So I was wondering, are your bars the same width as your shoulders? wider? narrower? Not traditional drop bars? Have you made a switch to wider or narrower bars? Was the switch a good decision? Why?
In my own case, I used to ride 42cm drop bars, (my shoulders are ~41cm) then switched to moustache bars. Now I'm switching back to drops, and because I'm used to the width of moustache bars, I ordered 44cm drops. I'm hoping that was the right decision.