I've got a Bianchi Ocelot, their bottom of the line generic ATB, used as an in-town daily driver. I have trouble after a few miles holding my head up and my hands hurt. After much research, trial and error and so forth I realize a stubby guy like me requires handlebars much closer than the OEM setup.
The only changes I've made to the bike so far are replacing the tires with Specialized Nimbus EX 26-1.50s and the stock pedals with great big $8 platforms off the shelf of my LBS which fit my EEEE feet better.
In fact, my practically antique upright tourer I can ride all day without issues. I finally looked to see that the tourer's bars are four inches and change closer to the center of the seat than the Bianchi. I want to alter the threadded-stem Bianchi, on the cheap, to acheive this effect. I presume a new/another stem and new/another handlebar are in order, but I can't work out what to get and or do.
Basically I'm looking for a strategy, but equipment recommendations would be really swell.