I have been having problems with sore hands and numbness after a ride. Most people have said that it is related to fit - so I have been taking various measurements.
I checked the height difference of the handlebars vs. the seat and it was set to 2.5" (set during the original purchase). I raised the stem so that there is only about a 0.5" difference and it has made a huge difference.
I still feel 'stretched out' trying to ride on the brake hoods and end up riding a majority of the time with my hands on the curved part of the bar between the flat portion and the hoods. Part of the situation is that my back is not real flexible. Is there anything I can do to "draw in" the distance? The original shop put a shorter stem (about 3") on the bike.