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dropbar width.....should size up or down?

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dropbar width.....should size up or down?

Hi i have 41 cm shoulders and was wondering if i should be a 42 center to center bar or a 40 center to center bar size? i have been currently using 4o cm c to c (42 end/end) and was wondering if worth exploring the a size up.
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If you're currently using 40 cm bars, I'd stick with those if you're comfortable. Narrower bars are more aero.
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You're probably not going to notice much difference one way or the other. I've got 40 and 42.
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It comes down to preference, and how you'll be riding. I find on longer rides, say over 3 hours, the tops cruising at 20-23 works well. If its a shorter hammerfest, where most time will be on the hoods, a tad narrower is optimal.
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More climbs - go wider.
More flats - go narrower.
More wind - go narrower.
Filtering in dense traffic - go narrower.

Though the best thing is to try each for a week or so and see what your body prefers. Though even that may change with changes of fitness, riding style and conditions. In the end +-2 cm, both being +-1 cm of your shoulder width should both fit decently.
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