Reasons for this build:
- I've always wanted to try out aero bars for the long afternoon miles where I can't find a sustained comfortable position
- I wanted a 26" build to eliminate toe overlap even with fenders
- I wanted to see if flat bar trigger shifters feel more convenient for shifting (never liked the brifter feel for front derailer shifts)
- I wanted it as light as possible (for credit card touring) --even though I've argued against CF's durability. (21 lbs as shown) We'll see.
So here (picture) is the latest plan. Still missing fenders and tire upgrades (planned), but I need to put some long miles on it to test it out.
Notes: I went expensive on those Avid Shorty Ultimates
and LOVE the adjustability of them. Finding the right mix of road parts was a little complicated and the mounting options for the front der were tough (required some serious height drop from the mounting band to the cage). I usually load up the center of the handlebars with GPS and GoPro and other stuff, so I still need to figure that out.