I'm about to turn 60. Last year I returned to bicycling after a decade long layoff purchasing a Salsa Fargo which has proven ideal for both my size (6'4 /285 lbs) and the kind of riding I like to do which can be described as decent roads away from traffic such as rail trails and rural dirt roads.
While last season I routinely did rides of up to 30 miles without being wrecked, I did have some back issues and hand pain and numbness issues. I found that I rarely used the drops on the Woodchipper bars preferring to ride the hoods and flats, probably 70/30. I do wear both gel gloves and the bars have a double layer of gel tape, but I often found myself having to shake my hands to try to relieve the onset of both pain and numbness.
This coming season I'm hoping to stretch the miles and I would like to be more comfortable. I'm willing to put some money into the bike in terms of a new handlebar, saddle if needed, and so forth. I have been doing my online homework, but I would greatly appreciate hearing from folks like me who have had to deal with this and managed to improve their situation.