The preface this, I am just going to say that I am awful on a bicycle.
I have recently gotten a bike that I love, it's beautiful, and I love riding it, however the drop handlebars have no hoods so the brakes are on the tops, and I have no idea where to put my hands. I want to keep them as close to the brakes as possible because of the heavy traffic in London, and because I am not quite confident enough to be able to move my hands back in to position quickly. The problem with this is that because my hands are so close together I have less control of my bike, and I'm worried that I'm going to fall off.
Does anyone have any recommendations about what I should be doing, or am I going to need to get some new handlebars?
The Bike is a Cooper Revival 2012.