A take off on the thread about flat-bar vs drop-bar. I'm expanding this topic to go beyond just flat vs drop.
I'm interested in reading about those of us who have made longer rides using handlebars other than drop-bars. "Long" rides in the sense of riding for 2 or more hours. Someone who takes 3 hours to ride 30 miles would have approximately the same hand, arm, and shoulder issues as someone riding 60 miles in 3 hours.
What type of handlebar did you use, how long was ride (in hours, miles or both), how comfortable were you, do you have any alternate hand positions set up on the bars like bar ends or aero bars. Share the pics of your handlebars.
Some alternate handlebars include flat bars, trekking bars, riser bars, Albatross bars, Dove bars (the Nitto ones, not the chocolate ones), Mary bars, North Road bars, cruiser bars, etc.
Please note that my purpose is to not to criticize drop bars, but only to gather some data from 50+'ers about what works for them. We know drop bars work for long distances, and we know that most bike forums strongly recommend them for such. But some of us have difficulty being comfortable on drop bars and so are interested in what is achievable using alternatives.
If someone has ridden 3-4 hours on non-drop-bars and had a negative experience, feel free to report that too.
I thought it might be valuable to collect these experiences into a single thread.