I am hoping someone can talk sense into me and get me to swap my flat-bars for trekking/butterfly bars instead of drops.
I used to have a big road bike, which I purchased in 1991 when everyone else around here wanted flat bar mountain bikes. I loved it and I I rode the heck out of it and broke the frame while commuting one day. I then decided that maybe I should get a steel frame MTB instead. In retrospect, I probably should have gotten a steel touring bike, but that's beside the point.
I picked up a Trek 830 with flat bars in 1997, and research I have done has shown it's probably a 1995 model. I have steadily been turning the bike into the pavement/gravel/commuter/tourer bike that nobody is exactly selling out there but that I want. The bike fits me and works well for my purposes and with a decent seat, drive train, and wheels, and a solid frame I have little desire to change it out for another bike that I can't really afford anyway. I have fenders and semi-slicks and a big springy seat, but I also have a bit of hand discomfort. I have put bar ends on and they help a little, but I keep thinking back to those big drops I had on that 1990 Raleigh and how comfortable they were with all those hand positions.
Well, compared to me back in 1991 I am a bit broader in the beam, and I don't ride as low and aggressive as I used to. I like sitting up a little more and seeing the countryside, checking back over my shoulder for my kids, etc. Additionally, I have grip shifters which I like well enough and I have perfectly good brake levers. I could easily put these on a set of butterfly/trekking bars if only I could get over my preference for the look of the drops.
So, dear readers, please talk some sense into me and if there is a particular set of trekking bars/butterfly bars you've ridden with up to about 40-50 miles per day in the past without significant hand/wrist discomfort please tell me what you have and how awesome they are.
P.S. I know that ultimate fit is a personal preference thing. I live in a town with lots of great LBS which I will be hitting once I have a few ideas of what trekking/butterfly bars people like.