geocycle wrote:So far I've been using the hoods when out of the saddle but might try the drops as some have suggested above.
I would tend to use the hoods when climbing (I believe the aforementioned Wiggo was one of the few pro cyclists to use the drops when climbing), only the drops into a headwind or when sprinting (not that I would ever have any justification for sprinting - I mean, what's the hurry?!), or to mix up hand positions on a long run to stave off stiffness and/or fatigue.
Especially since you're coming from flat bars, you might like using the tops for climbing - actually, now that I think about it, I don't recall ever seeing any of my pals with drop bars using the tops, as opposed to the hoods, and yet the pros - Eddy Merckx was a particular example - frequently climb using the 'flat' part of drop bars.
Only thing you'll find is, you can't use the tops out of the saddle - your hands are too close together compared with using the grips on a flat bar bike and it's too unstable.