My previous commute bike was a flat bar hybrid with some stubby bar ends. Hand positions consisted of on the grips, holding the knuckle, clamp at the ends of the bars, on the bar ends proper, and finally on the tips of the bar ends. Lots of variety and a good bike for commuting and long distance rides. I covered many 100 mile rides and even a one-off 185 miles in a day trip and never felt like I was held back by not riding drop bars.I am trying to also figure out flat vs drop. The thing I can’t deny is the most comfortable of all hand positions is on the hoods. I think the rest of the bike geometry has to solve neck strain of looking up all day.
I do have drop bar bikes, didn't really get on with the drops on my first one until I got a bike with flared drop bars. These suit me so much I am on the drops more than the hoods and have fitted the same bars to my new commuter.
I only replaced the flat bar hybrid because the frame cracked after 20,000 miles
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