On a whim, I switch from some old rando Nitto drop bars to Scott AT-2s. The reasoning has to do in part with the fact that I have a secret project brewing, which I'm sure I'll probably update soon about, but lets just say having a drop bar road bike just seemed a little redundant to have. The stupid part is the secret project won't be ready from months--maybe even a year out, so this was probably an awful idea, but I like it.
Also new are these XTR cantis that I recently brazed post on for. I like their 'bite' more than the center pulls that were on before (D Compe rear, Mafac Racer front.) Throw on the ridiculous Nitto rear rack on there, and I have one of the weirdest hybrids ever.
I think a lot of it is a result of coming to terms with the fact that I wasn't doing any recreational rides with the Lotus anymore since it wasn't really equipped to be self-supportive for anything longer than 80 miles. As result, I've only been commuting on it, and I wasn't in love with the Nitto randonneur bars, so... Once I get some bars with a bit more swep back, I think this will be pretty dialed in.
I think I am coming closer to touching the spirit of Sheldon Brown with this one... Or Satan, which ever.