Definitely doublecheck with your local bike shop on the "fit" of the bike and discuss your discomfort with them to see what they might recommend.
One of the great things I like about road bikes is the versatility of positions one can assume.
For starters, I would suggest holding the handlebars near the stem as this approximates that position that you already use on your hybrid.
Using the hoods (those humps close to the ends of the handlebar) quickly became my "go to" position.
I never EVER thought I would make much use of the drops, but every now & then I'd try 'em, especially whenever there was a strong headwind or I was swooping down a hill and wanted to go faster and FASTER! :-)
Now, I've come to a point where DROPS have become my "go to" position...except when in a lot of traffic or dealing with intersections. I find my pedaling seems more powerful in that position.
Also, another trick I've found very helpful both in terms of dealing with discomfort with hands and butt is to shift position on a regular basis.
Take your feedback from the LBS and experiment. I think in time you'll find what works best for you.
Edited by: DDOORN at: 4/18/2012 (10:24)
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