I've chosen this forum for this question because I've always had the mind of a practical cyclist for moving myself and/or cargo from one place to another. When I was growing up in the late 70s early 80s there were four types of handlebars that I was aware of. BMX, drop/road, "North Road" type, and ape hangers ( after all this was the tail end of the 70s when Schwinn was King and you were nobody if you did have a stingray, Orange crate, etc.) and "C" (cruiser) bars
I understand the advantages of drop/road handlebars for providing hand positions over long distances; however, what advantages are there for the North Road? I observed with the "death" of the English three speeds during the late 70s early 80s that this type of bar disappeared and with the emergence of mountain bikes came the flat bar and the somewhat flattened version of the North Road called a high riser.
This brings me to heart of the issue seeing my primary commuter/utility bike is a hybridized " Generation 2" mountain bike with a flat bar which I found for rides greater than 5 miles to be rather uncomfortable and hand numbing with its palm down hand/arm position on wondering what would work better. Would this be the place where a North Road handlebar would be best? Should I go with a mustache handlebar.
Which brings me to the next part of the question. How would these different handlebars work with my current saddle which is a Brooks conquest? Would changing handlebars require a change in saddle as well?
How would these differing handlebar designs interact with mountain bike geometry compared to say the English three speed which the North Road was designed for use with? offer up an opinion and show me your own solutions to this scenario. (Besides, this is more fun when you get to see pictures! )