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Old 07-29-08, 06:13 AM   #1
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aero bars on hybrid with trekking bars

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I have a Gary Fisher Wingra with trekking bars on it. The other day, I was going down a hill pedaling as fast as I could and hit a max of 31 mph. I know its probably unsafe to go any faster than that. But I was feeling wind like crazy and couldn't get my body down any further. Since I don't have drops, would clip on aero bars be a good alternative?
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I have a Gary Fisher Wingra with trekking bars on it. The other day, I was going down a hill pedaling as fast as I could and hit a max of 31 mph. I know its probably unsafe to go any faster than that. But I was feeling wind like crazy and couldn't get my body down any further. Since I don't have drops, would clip on aero bars be a good alternative?
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Not at all, you wouldn't be in any sort of correct position with a bike like that, plus on a downhill you would want easier access to your brakes if god forbid something happens, and you would have a hard time getting to them, aside from the fact that moving your head about an inch lower really wouldn't gain you 1-2 mph on a completely un-aero bike.
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A trekking bar like this?



Or a real one like this?




I have the second one on my Safari and it's adjusted so when I'm at the controls I'm in the same aero position as drop bars.
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Old 07-29-08, 12:58 PM   #4
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get your tires pumped up as high as they can go and just pedal as hard as you can down the hill... any handlebar change isn't going to really get you much faster than what you can do while leaning forward as far as you can on your current setup.. or find a steeper hill to go down... I've done just over twice as fast as you went while on a mountain bike... it's all about gravity :-)
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I've used aeros on trekking bars. I've used aeros on BMX bars. I still use aeros on my drop bars.

With all of these setups, you can get lower on just the bars alone than you can on the aeros. The value in aeros is staying down for extended periods of time and still maintaining a bearable comfort level.
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Knock yourself out. If it's something you want to try, go right ahead.

Everyday I see people on the canal path with the most outlandish rigs.

I've got an aerobar on my Midge drops. Not that unusual excepth for the fact that the Midge bars are jacked up, kind of negating the whole aerodynamic nature of extensions. But in this case, its more about additional positions.

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A trekking bar like this?



Or a real one like this?




I have the second one on my Safari and it's adjusted so when I'm at the controls I'm in the same aero position as drop bars.
what model is this first bar?
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That first one looks very much like a Kalloy model.
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A trekking bar like this?



Or a real one like this?




I have the second one on my Safari and it's adjusted so when I'm at the controls I'm in the same aero position as drop bars.
Second one. I have them positioned slightly inclined with the part closest to you slightly lower than the front. How far down do you have yours?

rbiked, 60 mph??!? wow

davidlee, ya i looked at those a while back, but decided on the nashbar trekking bar for 17 bucks ... Adding on clip on aeros would probably be another 30

Also, my tires are pumped up to 95 psi. They are 700x28 (theoretically the thinnest possible with my rims) Maybe I can change the angle for the bars or lower my adjustable stem which is currently at 10 degrees, not sure if it goes lower than 0 probably not ..
I know I should just get a road bike, but I can't afford it so I'm gonna squeeze whatever performance I can out of this thing
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Here is a shot of my bike with trekking and aero bars.

This link has some other angles of basically the same setup.
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It's about what fits YOU the best and make YOU comfortable enough to keep riding.
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Second one. I have them positioned slightly inclined with the part closest to you slightly lower than the front. How far down do you have yours?
Mine are canted at probably a 45deg angle. When on the bottoms(where the controls are) it's like being in the drops,when I'm on the tops I'm fairly upright and stretched out.
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If you're looking for hand positions aeros can be great, MMACH_5's bike actually looks very comfortable because you could hold it in 1000 different ways. However I stand by my original response where if you are looking to go any faster, this is not the solution.

Steeper hill, gears, lighter parts, new bike (in that order hehe)
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How steep and long of a hill are we talking? like stated above, handlebars won't make much difference. when I sprint with them I tuck by grabbing the part of the bars nearest to the stem clamp palms up (I have my trekking bars positioned with the horizontal part closest me and with rise) OR I grab the curvy corners palm-side up so I can get down low.
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