If you have ever changed from traditional drop bars to something else (any style considered), what are the pros and cons of the change? What about brake and shifter setup? I currently have and love bar-ends.
Are you looking for experience on doing the conversion, or experience in riding with something different? Doing the conversion is always kind of a pain since you have to deal with the cables, the cycle computer, and bar tape, then take a lot of miles to determine the best bar angle, height, and so on.
Since I usually ride the aerobars and not the drops, last year I decided I might as well get rid of the drops and put bull horns on. They're not quite as nice for out-of-the-saddle climbing because the shape of the bar doesn't hold relaxed hands in in one place as well , but the position is virtually identical. My shifters were on the ends of the aerobars even before the conversion, so that part didn't change. A nice surprise I got out of it was the feel of the Cane Creek brake levers for the ends of the bull horn bars.
Aerobars probably won't help your neck, but they're a big relief to my hands, elbows, shoulders, and even my back, even though I'm in a lower position, because it's so relaxed and my wrists aren't handling any pounding. Put your seat farther forward if you try it though, and use aerobars like Syntace's that have the arm pads behind
the main bar instead of over
My own interest in touring is for traveling very light, with just a large seat bag to hold a few clothes and things, and stay in hotels and eat in restaurants instead of camping; so my perspective may be a little different. Obviously I wouldn't be able to take a handlebar bag.