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    Aerobars

    I might be getting a tad ahead of myself, but I'm interested in putting Aerobars on my Gary Fisher Zebrano, primarily for indoor training / spinning this coming fall and winter.

    I'm not interested in swapping out the handlebars so I'm guessing that limits my options. I'll probably wind up with an entry level road or cyclocross bike next summer, but in the meantime I really could use some solution on the GF.

    I've been eyeballing these: http://villagecyclesport.com/product...rs-54067-1.htm

    But would welcome any and all recommendations. Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyman1970 View Post
    I might be getting a tad ahead of myself, but I'm interested in putting Aerobars on my Gary Fisher Zebrano, primarily for indoor training / spinning this coming fall and winter.
    ???

    The only advantage of aerobars is to get an aerodynamic position, which is kind of pointless for a stationary bike.

    It might sense to use them on the stationary bike if you planned to use them on the road.

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    Quote Originally Posted by njkayaker View Post
    ???

    The only advantage of aerobars is to get an aerodynamic position, which is kind of pointless for a stationary bike.

    It might sense to use them on the stationary bike if you planned to use them on the road.
    I fully understand the function that aerobars serve and was specifically asking for product recommendations that might fit my bike. Yes, I might one day use them on the road.

    Thanks for your less-than-helpful yet insightful response.

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyman1970 View Post
    Thanks for your less-than-helpful yet insightful response.
    Sarcasm noted!

    Quote Originally Posted by andyman1970 View Post
    But would welcome any and all recommendations. Thanks.
    I guess, actually, you would not!

    Quote Originally Posted by andyman1970 View Post
    specifically asking for product recommendations that might fit my bike.
    So, the spinning/trainer comment was just useless fluff. Why did you mention it? It doesn't appear to have any relevance. Weird.

    This is probably not the best subforum for this question anyway.

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    I would just skip the aerobars unless you wanted some of the shorter ones. The Profile and most others are designed to get your back flat in an aero poistion with your hands far out in front. Your hybrid bike has completely different geometry and your existing bars are set high (perhaps higher than your saddle, depending on how you have it set up) so you won't be comfortable or aero.

    Try something like this instead:

    http://www.bicyclebuys.com/barsstems...s/0900976/goog
    You're just trying to start an argument to show how smart you are.

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    Yep... you are getting a little ahead of yourself...


    Can we maybe get you to clarify your reasoning why?

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    Quote Originally Posted by andyman1970 View Post
    I'm interested in putting Aerobars on my Gary Fisher Zebrano, primarily for indoor training / spinning this coming fall and winter.
    It really depends on what helmet you're wearing.

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    The Zebrano has an adjustable angle quill stem so with the clip-on aero bars he should be able to accustomise himself to a more road-bike riding position.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AndrewP View Post
    The Zebrano has an adjustable angle quill stem so with the clip-on aero bars he should be able to accustomise himself to a more road-bike riding position.
    That's part of the issue. The other part of why tri/TT bikes are set up with super-steep seat tube angles is to open up the angle between the rider's torso and legs. With the laid-back seat tube of most hybrids -- and even some road bikes -- the rider's legs would end up awfully close to their chest.

    That loses efficiency, but it also restricts breathing. Think of how difficult it is to breathe deeply while reaching for your toes; the knee-to-chest distance isn't too much different. Air is fuel. Without good breathing, you're not getting the air you need.

    Still, you could set up any bike to approximate a low-down position. Since you say you'll be mostly using it inside, you only need to think about body position, and you don't need to worry about the bike's on-road handling. I'd suggest looking for a seatpost that will let you put the saddle a lot further forward than it is now.

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