Originally Posted by Fleetdog
I'm definitely not going to buy another bike. The most expensive option I'm considering is to set my current bike up with bullhorns and bar-end shifters (which would also likely require new brakes).
If you're willing to go that route, you might consider some drop bars with bar end shifters and new brake levers. There's no reason that this option would be more expensive than what you're talking about up there. The bars would be about the same, the bar-end shifters would be the same, and if you need to replace brake levers anyway, that would be about the same as well. Simple drop bar brake levers are not expensive anyway, even if that's an additional cost. It would give you some advantages over bull horns:
A more aerodynamic position (in the drops)
More options for position which improves comfort in the long haul. This is a huge advantage of drop bars - properly sized- over most other options.
The position on the brake hoods with drop bars would be very similar to bullhorns, as would the position on the horizontal top part of the bars - so you're not losing that.
There's a bunch of options for inexpensive alloy drop bars with factors such as deep vs. shallow, "anatomic" vs. smoooth/classic curve, etc. If you buy the right diameter, you can probably keep your current stem as well.
Somethng to think about.