I tried this tip and it works for the most part, ceratinly much easier to ride in the drops during a crit and keep the brakes handy. However my inside shift lever is now often hanging up on the brake lever after a downshift. The shift lever has a little rubber nub (Chorus, alloy, circa ~2000) that prevents the shift lever and the brake lever from vibrating against each other. Should I just remove the little rubber nub?
What about another solution, namely adjusting the angle with which the whole ergo shifter rests against the front of the handlebar? You position of the shifter is determined by how the bar fits in the tubular hole formed between the plastic body of the shifter and the aluminum sleeve used to tighten around the bar. What if you added a 2-3mm shim on the top of the plastic body where it contacts the bar. This would rotate the whole lever body forward, thereby bringing the brake levers closer to the bar.