I'm at the point choosing handlebars for my new bike. And I want/need the widest drop bars I can get. I have "narrowed" (pun intended) it down to the Nitto Noodles 48 cm C to C, and the Salsa Bell Lap bars 46 cm C to C. The Bell Lap bars have more flare, and are therefore wider at the drops, but at my age 52 I wonder how often I'll be riding using the drops. I'm leaning towards the Noodles because they are wider at the hoods (I think).
One other factor is that the Noodles are made only in a 26 clamp, where the Bell Laps come in over sized. Will I flex the Noodles more (I'm a really big rider).
Anyone have any thoughts. Thanks Ted