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I’ve been watching this YouTube channel [https://youtu.be/EFUTFmZHq_4](https://youtu.be/EFUTFmZHq_4) which is all road bike stuff but really interesting. In the attached video he talks about road racing in the 80’s where aluminum bars were retired annually because it was safer and pretty cheap. He comments that one might be less inclined to retire an expensive carbon bar after a crash as opposed to a cheaper aluminum bar. Lots of those road bar failures are at the stem clamp edge because that’s where the forces of a crash concentrate. Makes sense to retire bars annually or after a (Andrew) major crash.
I’ve done that cut down and old bar test too. 740 seems to be a good number for me. At 760 I did nick the odd tree. At 760 I did not put my hands at the end of the grip but inboard a touch. So I took that as an indication that a narrower bar would be better. Plus as you narrow your grip, you may not want as great a sweep as with a wider bar.
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