I haven't used a bike with drop handlebars for about 30 years -- back in high school with a 10-speed.
I started riding again about 4-5 years ago. This time around, I've been riding with flat/trekking bars and grip shifters.
I just bought a used bike that has drop bars and brifters. I keep reaching for controls on the flats, where they're not, rather than on the hoods or drops where I could actually reach them.
Things don't feel too bad when I ride on the hoods. I feel very uncomfortable when I try to ride on the drops: my knees go up into my chest.
What I'm leading up to is: what should drop handlebars feel like? Should I just try to raise them and swap in a shorter stem, or should I admit that in my late 40s, I'm probably at the wrong stage in life for a more aero posture?
(My main reasons for keeping the drops are: they look right on the bike & I'd feel awkward about swapping out really nice Campy brifters for a twist shift)
What I just got:
What I'm used to: