So I did some searching and did not really find a good answer to my question. I have been logging about 130 miles per week on my Fuji Absolute flat bar road bike. Before I added bar ends, I would get numb hands no matter how I positioned my saddle/altered my ride position.
The numbness only occurred during my more intense (17 - 18MPH average) rides. When out with my wife riding 8 - 10MPH I could go 30 miles with no issues. Anyway, I added some bar ends and find that if I ride with my hands on the furthest part of the ends and really stretched out, I would not get numb hands. Problem solved, right?
The issue I have now is that I am doing my "fitness rides" as I call them - all 20 miles using my bar ends only. As my hands get sweaty I find it really hard to keep a grip on the bare metal ends. Would it be feasible to use bar tape on my bar ends? Any other solution?