There are three considerations in choosing a bar beyond make and model. A few folks have discussed width, which is the most looked at measurement of a set of bars. The two other points, which are often overlooked, are the reach and drop. We built a Waterford for a PT employee/retired lawyer/ rider who picked the equipment out for the bike. His choices were mainly based on price unfortunately. The bars that he chose was a pair of ITM that had about the maximum reach and drop. At 63 Richard found out that his riding position was being compromised. After looking at the whole picture I ordered him new bars with minimal reach and drop and he is now a happy camper.
In the catalog from our wholesaler the measurements for drop run from 136-160 and for the reach 65-105. When choosing a bar one should look very carefully into these measurements as well as the width to insure a proper fit for your riding style and position.
Mark, clear and a cool 72, Poore