How do you hold the handlebar? I suppose most grasp it between thumb and index finger?
Because my handlebar has very limited space due to the mirrors I put on the end (not the very end but they take space on the handle), I can't hold the handlebar between the thumb and index finger, as that way my hand would invade the derailleur control. So I simply rest the lower palm of my hand on the handlebar, all 5 fingers together (a little like when you support your self with hands on a table, fingers not touching the table). In other words I'm not holding the handlebar in my hand but simply rest my hand on it. I feel this way it is also easier for me to brake. The hand is already in a flexible position ready to go anywhere.
Is this an acceptable (safety-wise) way? I know if you get hit unexpectedly, your hands will leave the handle more easily than if holding it. But it's also not good if you accidentally changed the gear.
I wonder how many people does this way?
P.S. This is a hybrid bike, not road bike.