I've done some searches, gotten some insight, but thought I'd toss this out to hear more rider's experiences
I have a 2002 Jamis Aurora... mainly riding/commuting/touring. (attached is an older pic; the bar tape is different and the ugh seat is now a Brooks)
It has some of your basic, newish 'ergo' drop bars with bar-end shifters. Since I ride mostly upright while doing training rides for touring, and will ride that way on the tour, the angle of drops is mostly lost on me. As a matter of fact, I have raised them, and tilted them back to obtain a relatively comfy position, but now the drop are at such an oblique angle that i could cut them off below the brake levers and not miss them (har har)
I'm becoming intrigued by alternate bar ideas -- starting with the butterfly bars. I need to get over to REI as they sell a model, and I could at least 'preview' how they feel in person.
If I was to go to Butterfly's, would I need to go to a different type of brake lever? Is the installation of the bar-ends going to be a hassle? If I want to try this route, just looking to cover all my bases
also... I see Nitto makes what they call a Randonneuring bar
It looke a little like the bars I used to ride on in the 70's. Might this be a more equitable and easier option?
I realize that all riders are different, but I'm just casting around for ideas, imput, and opinions