I have no problem buying speed, that is all there is left after training and most all of us do it one way or another. My goal is to win a nationals jersey this year and that is often done by inches and seconds or less. I already spent my 26 years on the bike and have more than earned the right to spend a little of my cash on something that will make it easier to achieve my goals. I bought my rear wheel last year, my bike this year, had a front wheel I like for years, have a nice helmet, so I am down to the final details. I don't think handlebars are going to win my race for me, but there is a chance that they will, especially after a week or racing, mean that I have a little extra in the tank during my final races ... and that could win it. I am pretty sure I am going to lose my 2 pound steel bar setup for nats, so it is just how narrow and how aero to go. Scatto does both, just curious if I am going to like that, and the ? here is can I avoid the cost of learning the hard way by finding the right people here who have already done it for me.
So far I am leaning to a buy just because I have no choice. By that I mean, what is a good flat top bar that is still really stiff and liked by other track riders ... answer is usually the 3t bar. I have a feeling that the aero front will help reduce the watts needed during my mass start events and maybe, just maybe add an inch to my sprint. And I have lost and won my fair share of sprints by a tire width. As stated my concern is that I might loose some shoulder spacing and leverage on the bars. I do not feel that there is any chance I will lose my ability to breath with narrow bars.
I am happy that at least one person has come out against narrow, I figured there would be more. And I know the real answer is that I have to try them to see if they work for me ... but $300 is a lot to ask to try them out. Might need to find someone at Alpenrose to lend me a pair for a week.