My hybrid has more or less straight handlebars. I have tried adjusting height, reach, etc., but my hands still get numb. I can sit upright, shake them out for a minute one at a time to get feeling back, but this is a pain and clumsy for pedalling. I have avoided road-type bars because I didn't think I could ever be comfortable using them. Now they are looking pretty good, and I think I may be ready. Everything I read seems to suggest that they are more comfortable because of the varied hand positions they offer. So I have a few questions:
1. I assume that I will have to give up my grip shifters and get lever/trigger shifters. Accurate assumption? Suggestions on models?
2. It seems like the brake mounts/hoods extend farther from the bar than the ones on my handlebar, providing one of the commonly used hand positions. Is this correct or just an optical illusion because of the curve of the bar? In other words will I also need to replace my brakes?
3. Traditional smoothly curved bars vs. "ergo" bars with distinct angles providing straight areas in the usual hand positions - Any comments on whether one is more comfortable than the other?
As usual, the benefit of your experience is much appreciated. I also always welcome references to books, articles, websites, etc. that might offer additional information.