I changed to trekking bars for the greater number of hand positions offered since on the last couple of tours, I found the two most distal fingers on each hand going numb and staying numb for many days after the ride. I rarely used my drops and do find that extending straight out on the trekking bars is much more comfortable although not quite as aerodynamic as the drops. I use standard thumb shifters and brake levers found on most modern mountain bikes. The Nashbar trekking bars are finally what I ended up using. And yes, I will sometimes lay my forearms on the front of the bar taking my hands completely off the front to give my hands a break, but this is only when the traffic and riding conditions are excellent. I hope that answers a few of your questions.
Last edited by robow; 01-30-07 at 02:31 PM.