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Couple of suggestions...

Sounds like your bars may be too low. If you have an old-style quill stem (the kind that's one piece, shaped sort of like the number 7), you may be able to raise it easily. When the tops of the bars are about level with the saddle, you can ride up there most of the time and still reach the drops fairly comfortably when you want to. With a newer threadless stem, you may be able to flip it over to raise the bars, or buy a new one that lifts them a bit. A lot of bikes come with the bars too low for many riders, and people are reluctant to raise them because it doesn't look racy or something.
If you decide to go with bullhorns (which won't really solve your problem, I don't think--the tops will still be where they are now), you don't necessarily need new bars. Take the levers and tape off the existing ones, turn them around and upside down and put them back into the stem, then measure carefully and cut off the drop portion, which now will be curving upward and pointing back at you. You can mount the levers under the new "bullhorn" section (warning: I've never done this with SIS, so be sure you can reach the shift levers before you do anything irreversible).
 
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