Touring - aerobars on riser bars...how do i do it?
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04-21-11, 11:50 PM
Getting ready for yet another tour....
This time I'm definitly using aerobars.
But I like the upright riding postion of riser bars.
I'm using a hybrid bike and don't know how to attach aerobars to my riser bars.
I guess I'm willing to buy a new set of handlebars to accomplish this but still want that upright sitting position. Otherwise, my hands will get nerve damage.
Do they sell aerobars that attach at any angle? Some sort of ball and socket arrangement?
04-22-11, 05:51 PM
You might be out of luck unless you have a rather large straight section in the centre. On a related note, just throwing aero-bars on a bike will usually result in a bad fit; after a 15 mile commute with new aero-bars my shoulders felt like they were going to pop out of their sockets. The position was too stretched out for use with aero bars, even if it was perfect with drop bars. Having two wildly different hand positions will necessitate a compromise in fit; what works for one will probably not work for another.
Instead, I would suggest using a new stem that would put a flat handlebar at the same level as your risers are currently. Or, once you have the height settled using a new stem, you could try a wider assortment of handlebars. I'm a fan of lots of sweep, and there are people out there who swear by trekking bars.
04-22-11, 08:01 PM
Fuzz2050's idea leads me to suggest you consider an adjustable stem with a bar that will accomodate the aeros. You can then adjust the stem to change the bar position to your liking, within reason. I use Profile Design Airstryke because I like the flip up arm pads, on a cow horn bar with barcons at the tips. For me, the aeros have made a huge difference in riding comfort.
boomhauer, I measured my Airstryke Z2 with the pads lowered and you'll need ~12" (~31 cm) clearance between the risers, most other aero bars should be similar. I had a set of Syntace C2 aero bars where each side mounted seperately and that type could narrow the space needed, but I lost the tops for an alternate hand position and the more narrow mounting, if needed for bar clearance may not fit you. I don't have the aero bars on my touring bike (slightly more upright than my road bike) and am waiting 'till I can get an all day ride in for evaluation.
04-23-11, 12:26 PM
consider a 2 stem stack on your threadless steerer tube..
then you can set up 1 stem just to hold the aero bars
You can use a 1" tube in the additional stem, then mount the aero bars on that tube.
I fitted a second stem , and use it to mount my Bar Bag, under my trekking bars..
good reason to not cut the steerer tube on the fork too short.
04-25-11, 07:29 PM
i like your idea!!!! i'll look into getting a 2 stem stack.
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