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Back to it, I hope

5'9", 235 lbs.
I've been bike-less for 2 years. I was quite active on BF, but since returning to the USA have not been.
Now I have a new-to-me bike, what I'll call a sport-touring older model, a Specialized Apogee, with full racks and triple crank.
I started riding this week and quickly realized how out of shape I am, and the familiar discomforts quickly returned. But hurts, hands quickly start hurting and fingers going numb, not to mention general lack of strength and endurance.
I already installed an adjustable quill stem and raised the handlebars.
Now I'm considering getting butterfly bars or other bars to give me a more upright position to relieve pressure on my hands, and maybe bight the bullet on a brooks B67 or Flyer. My last bike in Asia had very slightly raised and back-swept bars with ergo grips.
What experiences do folks have with butterfly or other more upright bars?
I plan to commute to work and maybe do some short distance touring.
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