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.
Loaded touring bikes and tandems benefit from wider bars, in my experience. The longer lever helps with the weight. I ride with wider bars on the tandem and tourer than my racing bike.
So I was wondering, are your bars the same width as your shoulders? wider? narrower? Not traditional drop bars?
My LHT has 46cm Salsa Moto Ace Bell Lap cyclocross drop bars. They are about 52cm at the ends of the drops. My shoulders are a bit over 50cm, so basically all bars are narrower than my shoulders at the hoods. I don't mind the 46cm bars on my road bike, but I do appreciate the extra flare on my LHT from time to time.