handlebar setup query

Ive been experimenting with different riding positions and I know the general answer is - its up to the individual. But why do most people, including the bike shop I went for a bike fit to say riders ride on the hoods most of the time?

I find the drops more comfortable, get better control and easier shifting / braking. I tried the setup that the fitter suggested but it doesnt feel right to me, now whether thats just because Ive got used to the drops or what Im not sure.

Happy with saddle position and height, frame is right size for me too.

Ive got compact drop bars with 110mm stem to the top of the spacers. My position gives me arms bent to 105 degrees when in the drops, trying to balance aerodynamics with comfort and power.


Thoughts and suggestions please good folk.

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