Getting back on the bikes after about a 20 year Hiatus. Since I now more closely resemble a fat 'ol fred than the 6'4" 220# road warrior that I used to be, I need to make some adjustments for a while at least. I've taken some short rides (5-10 miles) to start getting my legs back under me and I've found that I cannot find a comfortable position anymore. The main culprits are a huge lack of flexibility, and my now prominent gut. While I used to be quite comfortable riding tops, hoods, or drops on this setup I am now finding that the only marginally comfortable position is palms on the first bend where the top turns forward and starts dropping to the hoods. I cannot comfortably ride the hoods for any length of time at the moment.
I'm looking for some advice on making the ride reasonably tolerable in the interim between fat and fit. So, Do I make adjusts like rotating the bars so that the hoods are higher, or buy a quill to 1 1/8 threadless stem adapter and a new stem and bars - this may happen anyway once i drop about 40 pounds? How about cut another old set of bars into bull horns as an interim setup? Bike is an 1990ish Cannondale (3.0 or 3.1 - forget which) in 60cm. Current setup is a 135mm Cinelli X/A? stem, the bars are Cinelli 66 I think (going from memory here I know I got them because they were pretty much the widest and deepest I could find). BTW - when considering new bars, I need to account for the fact that my hands are large - XXL gloves are a good to sometimes a bit snug fit.... especially important if I would look at any ergo offerings.