I believe I read somewhere that traditionally, handlebars should be positioned so that the bar ends are parallel to the ground, is that right?
In any event, I am experimenting with handlebar angle and I've found that I am a bit more comfortable if the handlebars are tilted up somewhat -- so that the bar ends point down toward the ground by about 10 degrees or so (pointing almost at, or slightly above the rear axle.
To be more specific, I find it more comfortable to ride the hoods this way... which easily accounts for at least 90% of my riding. Not being a racer (yet), I rarely use the drops... although I will admit that the more traditional bar angle (parallel to ground) felt a bit more comfortable when using the drops.
Since I almost always ride the hoods, should I go with the higher bar position? How do most of you folks handle this issue? What is the angle of your bars? (Mine are ergo bars, btw)
I suppose I could lower the bars and then raise the position of the hoods to have the best of both worlds?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.