The handlebars on my 1986 Centurion are 15 1/2 inches wide from edge to edge (about 14 inches center to center) . I rode a 2007 Specialized Roubaix this weekend, and this baby sports handlebars that are almost 18 inches (16 ½ center to center). It seems the trend has been for handlebars to get wider over the years, but this seems ridiculous.
Why are road bars getting wider? Fashion? Or is there a good design reason for this?
The 2007 Specialized Roubaix with carbon frame and forks rides like a dream, incidentally. I have no idea if the "Zertz Viscoelastic Dampers" actually do anything besides look cool, but the '07 Roubaix offers a plush yet responsive ride for my middle-aged body. I'll try to post a more complete review in the near future.