is there a reason you run compact bars and not something with deeper drop and a lower hood position?
No, reason at all. Thanks for pointing that out, I was unaware of it.
I like using my hoods about 90% of the time, since I am on my gears and brakes, so I don't want a deeper drop but perhaps I could get my hoods further down - by rotating them around the front, on these same bars.
Looking at pictures of hoods https://www.google.com/search?q=hood+ro ... B210%3B729
it looks that mainly, the first part of the brake hoods in line with the top of the bars, whereas mine are pointing up slightly. I will see if I can have them put in line with the tops of the bars next time I get new handlebar tape.
Hmm, that will mean though, that since I like the place I have my hands to be horizontal (after I took the above photo I lowered the brake hoods another couple of degrees to make them dead level with the ground) if my brake hoods are level with the tops of my bars, then I will have to raise my handlebars to level instead of the downwards slope that they currently have. That will bring my riding position up. At the same time it should make the drops easier to use since it should be easier to access the brakes when using them. But I don't have much of a problem now.
So I think I will keep the hoods "high" (which means I can set them low).
The article below makes the point that people are setting up their bars so that the drops are useless, when ideally the drops should be used too. The article blames Lemond (who was advised by Cobb)http://www.cyclingweekly.co.uk/fitness/ ... u-go-31795