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    Question for those of you using aero bars with butterfly bars

    I've been looking around and trying to find some pics but most of the pics just don't show up what I'm looking for that well. Those of you using aero bars with butterfly bars, which aero bar is your bar of choice? I'm looking at aero bars similar to the Profile Airstryke or the Performance Forte style. I like the one piece design versus the two-bar design, mainly because that little bit of real estate at the point allows a location to mount a light or cycle computer or whatever. What I'm wondering, is for those of you NOT using the Profile Airstryke, do you find that having the non-movable forearm pads interferes with or causes you to lose a hand position? I had a pair of clip-on aero bars on an old road bike and I hated the way they kept me from riding on the flats with my hands close in to the stem. Maybe this isn't an issue with a butterfly bar though? I haven't gotten my butterfly bar yet so I don't know how all my gadgets will mount yet or whether installing an aero bar will interfere. Currently I have mounted on my dashboard, a light, cycle computer, HRM, and the button for my Mega Horn. I'd also like to retain the option of maybe mounting a full-size gps unit too. So, if you've got an aero bar fixed pads good or bad? Spring-loaded pads (ala Airstryke), good or bad?

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    I don't use a treking bar, but do have an Airstyke mounted on cowhorns. Would not leave home without it. Looking at pics of treking bars, I can see no reason that the Airstryke would not fit nicely. I don't think the spring loaded pads would interfer with any type of bar mounted shifter. My gps rides at the top of the bar and a proximity headlight is neatly mounted between the bar arms. No loss of hand positions anywhere.

    Be real interesting if anyone on here is using the setup you're proposing. Heck, I'd be surprised if anyone else on here is using aerobars for touring. I only know one other tourer that is, and he gave me the idea, God bless him. He doesn't post here.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cyclebum View Post

    Be real interesting if anyone on here is using the setup you're proposing. Heck, I'd be surprised if anyone else on here is using aerobars for touring. I only know one other tourer that is, and he gave me the idea, God bless him. He doesn't post here.
    I did a search that showed as a result a thread with several guys who use butterfly bars with aero bars attached. I think the Airstryke is probably the best option because the pads flip up out of the way. What I'm curious about is if the guys who are using this combo with fixed pads think that they're losing a hand position because the immovable pads interfere with positioning your hands closer to the stem. All of the guys using this combo thought the aero bars were the greatest and loved using them with the butterfly bars. However, the Airstryke used or new goes for about $120 while the cheaper Performance Forte/Nashbar aero bars with fixed pads only go for about $40-$50. If I can get away with the cheaper one I'd like to go that way.

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    Not a lot of bar realestate near the stem/bar clamp.
    A 2 stem stack is a possibility, I have the lower one for my Handlebar bag,

    but I see no reason why you couldn't use a second stem above,
    and a section of tubing can accommodate the Aero bar's camps
    , and perhaps add a bit of electronic gadget space as well.

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    kiltedcelt, Not on trekking bars, but I've used fixed (Syntace C2) and non fixed (Airstrike) aero bars. The Syntace bars are slightly more comfortable than the Airstrikes, but in the end I didn't like losing the area on the tops. The Airstrikes also come in Z back (pads slightly behind the tops) and non Z back (pads inline with the tops) to tailor where your forearms rest.

    For the recreational rider looking for an alternate hand position I like the Airstrikes.

    Brad

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    I'm starting to lean towards the Airstrykes, because of the flip-up pads. I realize that the way the butterfly bar is laid out, that the pads probably wouldn't interfere with much in the way of losing hand position, fixed or otherwise. However, I just don't like the idea of a large fixed pad sticking out there. I didn't like it on a regular drop bar and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't like it on a butterfly bar. Of course buying an Airstryke means I can't mount an aero bar on the cheap. The cheapest ones I've seen go for about $90 used, or I could get one for $119 from REI and get my 10% member discount, although if you know REI you know that you only get that 10% back when dividend checks come out the following year. I also figured I could mount the butterfly bar then go into my local Performance store and just hold one of their cheap Forte aero bars over the butterfly bar to see exactly where the pads end up and whether they would interfere with hand positions or gadget mounting.

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    Well , stop leaning, Go for It, send the Pix when you are done ..

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    Quote Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
    Well , stop leaning, Go for It, send the Pix when you are done ..
    I like your thinking. No sense in half-measures right?

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    several more 'trekking bars' available across 'the pond' ... they ship to the US

    http://www.sjscycles.co.uk/modolo-du.../?currency=usd

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    Thanks for all the advice guys, but I got the butterfly bars and after looking at them for some significant length of time I'm going to send them back. I just don't think I'm going to like the positions they'll give me. They would definitely be a an improvement over the flat bar/bar ends but ultimately I think I'd be better off with something else. So, rather than going the cheaper route for more hand positions (ie. trekking bar), I've shelled out about three times as much money in order to convert my bike over to a drop bar with bar end shifters and brake levers that will actuate my V-brakes properly. I've found myself craving things like the ability to get down into the drops when pedaling into a headwind or serious crosswind, and from past experience riding my old road bike (long since sold off), I prefer riding the flats of the bar or the brake hoods to the hand positions of the flat bar or trekking bar. I'll be sure to post some before and after photos when all the new gear arrives.

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    There is some pics of my setup
    Although I didn't like that I don't have chance to use break when of airbars, so I've bought yesterday tektro interrupters, but on pics they aren't fixed and wired yet.
    Setup isn't finished yet. I still trying to figure out proper angles for all parts (now it became damn complicated to adjust handlebar! )
    But after couple of test rides on last weekend, I'd say I love them. Also, they don't really interfere with hand positions on my butterfly bar, unless you position pads in widest possible way, and even then it is still more or less OK.
    IMG_5631.jpgIMG_5633.jpg

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    And yeah, they gives me chance to position my GPS (which is in fact iPhone) more comfortably. Two years ago I managed to hit parked new mercedes while looking down to GPS and cycling through small village

    The only thing I don't like is that this cheap airbars are few cm above handlebar mounts. I would love to position them lower. Otherwise I have to position whole setup lower, to be less up-right on them. But then there is no chance to up-right on butterfly.
    Although, I think, with tuning position of stem, and angles of everything I can get it better. Just have to experiment a bit
    Last edited by antst; 05-06-12 at 10:59 AM.

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    Interesting setup antst. Not riding df anymore due to discomfort, but if I were, I think the treking bar/aerobar setup would work great for long hours on the road. As mentioned earlier, aerobars were a must for me when on a df tourer. Much easier pedaling into headwinds and for climbing. If I were much younger, I might be in the drop crowd, but still with aeros.
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    Was cabling today all this setup with extra levers. Grrr...nightmare!
    I think it could be nicer to remove foam from aerobar, and then mount cross levers at the end of aerobar, looking backward (on photos they are looking forward, and currently I left them like that). Then most of cabling will be nicely closed by bar tape one will use instead of removed foam. And everything will be almost ideal... but then I will have big cable loops extending forward, not sure that I want to try it.

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