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Old 11-19-09, 06:11 PM   #1
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aero bars

Any of you clydes use aero bars? I'm contemplating getting a set just to try, I might like having one more position on longer rides.
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I have a set of clip-on aero bars and use them on different rides, but some rides never use them at all.

I like to have them on rides over 20 miles, which is quite often when the weather is good. I also practice with them on my rollers in the basement.
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I've been thinking of giving them a shot myself. My auto mechanic (an avid cyclist) swears by them.
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what brand of clip ons would you recommend
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Mine are Profile Design. I have no idea what the best would be for you.
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http://www.nashbar.com/bikes/Product...:referralID=NA hows the quality and adjustability ?
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I've a set on an old frame on a mag trainer. I lay a book on it and read while I ride in the winter.
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I'd need to lose quite a bit of weight first - my knees would be bouncing off my gut if I rode aero bars.
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I have had aero bars on my bikes since 1990 and use them about 80% of the time on my rides. Presently all my bikes are set-up with Syntace aero bars. I have used Profile and Deda aero bars and I do like the Syntace bars the best. Being that I have back issues the aero position has always help make my longers rides more enjoyable.
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I'd need to lose quite a bit of weight first - my knees would be bouncing off my gut if I rode aero bars.
You. My thoughts exactly. I have to arch my back upward when in the drops to avoid having that happen. Plus when your knees bounce off you gut like that I get winded more quickly.
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I was looking at these
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ls&ProdID=1658
or these
http://bikeisland.com/cgi-bin/BKTK_S...ils&ProdID=124
as the investment is small ($50 and free shipping) and they seem to have some adjustability.

Anyone tried either and willing to give their thoughts?
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I've used aero bars on several bikes and loved them for certain conditions. However, you must be aware that many groups get really upset if you even show up to a group ride with clip-ons on the bike. It's really dangerous being the last guy in a pace line and getting out on your aero bars.
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Our club does not allow them on there rides, I did have a pair but my son has them now and I don't seem to miss them. ECB1
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I've used aero bars on several bikes and loved them for certain conditions. However, you must be aware that many groups get really upset if you even show up to a group ride with clip-ons on the bike. It's really dangerous being the last guy in a pace line and getting out on your aero bars.
How is it dangerous? I'm not being a smartass - I really don't understand. I'd like to know because when I'm done school I'd like to do some club rides.
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I know I would miss them if I was doing a longer ride. I don't have a club to ride with, so I keep them on. If I was riding with a club, I am sure I could spend the few minutes to safely take them off and put them away. Not a big deal.
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How is it dangerous? I'm not being a smartass - I really don't understand. I'd like to know because when I'm done school I'd like to do some club rides.
You can't point out obstacles on group rides. You are much less maneuverable. It's extremely difficult to hold a straight line (most folks sway back and forth when in that position, causing their bike to track in an 'S' shapie. Can't get to the brakes quick in the event you need to slow or stop NOW. Is that enough?

When I lead group rides, I don't allow them. IMO, they don't belong on bikes when in group rides.
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I have two sets of aero bars, one is the airstrykes. these are the bars that I prefer. I like that they are spring loaded so you still have the hand position next to the stem. the only problem is I also like a handlebar bag, this does not work well with aero bars. What I have done now is put a small seat bag attached to the bottom of the aerobars.

The second set is profile design lightning Stryke carbon bars. these require a lava or hammer stem and are not adjustable on the vertical tilt.

There are problems with the aerobars as stated previously. Do not use in groups or pacelines or curvy routes.
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You can't point out obstacles on group rides. You are much less maneuverable. It's extremely difficult to hold a straight line (most folks sway back and forth when in that position, causing their bike to track in an 'S' shapie. Can't get to the brakes quick in the event you need to slow or stop NOW. Is that enough?
Yes, thank you. Having never used them I was unaware of any inherent disadvantages. Sounds like they might be dangerous even when riding alone (eg. maneuvering out of the way of vehicular traffic.)
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They are also dangerous because you have something sticking out to spear someone if you hit them.
I have profile design too, just the cheap ones. I would get the airstrykes because you loose a lot of bar with the arm cups in the way.

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You dont want to use them when you need to be dodging traffic, only when you have a clear lane in front of you.
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I have had aero bars on my bikes since 1990 and use them about 80% of the time on my rides. Presently all my bikes are set-up with Syntace aero bars. I have used Profile and Deda aero bars and I do like the Syntace bars the best. Being that I have back issues the aero position has always help make my longers rides more enjoyable.
What cool looking Bicycles you have!, and, may I get a link to where i can find the bars you use?

Am not sure if *all* add-on bars are called "Aero bars" or not, but I favor having more than one choice to put my hands while riding. My current bike is a Giant Suede DX (very upright riding position) and I am exploring to see rather than changing the bars (and all that would entail), if there are some type of add-on bars that could be used to give me multiple riding postures, failing that, at least different places to put my hands.
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I am not sure how well aero bars would work on your bike with the riser style handle bars, if you had plain flat MTB bars fine. aero bars would only add one hand position. I am not sure the arm pads would fit in the center of that type of handle bars. You may want to look into bar ends for more hand positions but this may not work with the grip shifters. There are some bar ends that look like they may fit on the stem side of the grip shifters that could add one or two hand positions.

I like the drop bars since this add a multitude of hand positions and I added an aero bar to let me rest my hands by putting the weight on my elbows it also puts me in a position to cut through the wind.
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I use aerobars. Be advised, they do take some getting used to. They make the bike very twitchy and you don't want to use them riding in conditions where you might have to reach the brakes quickly, or on downhills, or on rough pavement.
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I am not sure how well aero bars would work on your bike with the riser style handle bars, if you had plain flat MTB bars fine. aero bars would only add one hand position. I am not sure the arm pads would fit in the center of that type of handle bars. You may want to look into bar ends for more hand positions but this may not work with the grip shifters. There are some bar ends that look like they may fit on the stem side of the grip shifters that could add one or two hand positions.

I like the drop bars since this add a multitude of hand positions and I added an aero bar to let me rest my hands by putting the weight on my elbows it also puts me in a position to cut through the wind.
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Interesting thread. I'd never considered the safety aspects of aerobars but I see now that they should only be used under a fairly limited set
of circumstances. But I do do a lot of solo paved trail riding where the need for sudden maneuvers are seldom, so it might be appropriate for
me.

It appears from the posts here that the primary reason for aerobars is to provide another alternative hand position. But I (maybe mistakenly) assumed that they were meant to make one more aerodynamic by placing you in a more crouched position. I have a very long torso as evidenced by only a 32" inseam on a 6'6" height so it's like pushing a barn door through the wind. Anything to make that door smaller would help. I ride a Specialize Roubaix and seldom use the drop position for any extended length of time because it just doesn't feel comfortable for too long. Probably because I don't like that much weight on my hands and wrists. Strengthening my "core" would probably help in that regard, but that's another issue. But it looks like I could approach the same level of "crouch" with aerobars but with that extra weight being born by my forearms instead of my hands and wrists.

So my question is: will the aerobars provide a more, or at least equal, aerodynamic riding position as compared to using the drops? Some aerobars mount on top of the existing bar and some underneath. Does one hold an advantage over the other?
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If you look at the pics people have posted and then look at pics of a tri aero setup you will see why aerodynamics is not mentioned here as much, generally comfort is more important.(having your elbows by your shins may be more efficient, but who wants to ride 100k like that)

General consensus is that aero bars are almost as aerodynamic as drops but you can ride in that position much longer so that makes up the difference.
The barn door effect when you rise up off the bars, especially into the wind is huge, that is a major reason I got mine.. it is always windy here.
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