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    aero bars

    I recently put aero bars on my racing bike and my first time out on them I wiped out. Although I've been back out on my bike since then, I can't bring myself to use the aero bars again because I think I'll lose control. Any suggestions on how to get back on them? Or has this happened to anyone else?
    Last edited by im4stx; 08-10-07 at 08:01 PM.

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    I just put a pair on to use in my first century and was concerned also. So, I went to a place with no traffic, straight road, and level, to try them out. In my case it was a dam across a lake near me that is closed to traffic and is 1 mile long.

    My entering approach that works for me. is one arm at a time. My exit is the same way. It did not take long to gain confidence and I can now even change gears and brake with one arm left in the bars.

    Every now and then I forget and do something stupid causing a sudden move. You are essentially driving with your elbows and you really have to pay attention.

    If I get around anything, other riders, passing traffic, dogs, or whatever, I get out of them. You cannot change direction or stop very quickly when in them things. ANY danger and get out.

    I have not crashed yet!!

    Have fun!!!
    "The object of life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane."

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