just another gosling
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Everett, WA
Bikes: CoMo Speedster 2003, Trek 5200, CAAD 9, Fred 2004
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I guess I for one don't get it. That's a pretty nice bike, not cheap, with decent components.
So you want aero bars to get comfy on the trainer when doing intervals? Aero bars will not make you comfy on the trainer. Aero bars do make you more aero when in motion, but they also reduce the amount of power that most of us can produce, by restricting our heart and lungs, and changing the musculature involved in pedaling. So aero bars aren't at all optimum for intervals, where you want to maximize your output. They are good for high-speed steady-state cruising, like in a time trial, which is what they are for. When I do intervals, unless I'm specifically training for time trialing (TT), I sit up, straighten my back, open my airway, and concentrate on perfect pedalling.
My other issue is that as a newbie, you really don't want those things on your bike. They are an invitation to unwanted excursions into various fixed and moving objects with unpleasant results. It takes a lot of training time to get comfortable with them, and unless you are going to be doing TTs or very long fast rides, there's no reason to add a pound to your bike's weight, and endanger yourself and others.
That said, I do have a set of aero bars on one of my road bikes, and when spring comes I'll be spending 2 or 3 half hour periods a week on them, all alone on a quiet road, getting smooth and comfortable again.
But if you want to get more comfortable positions on a bike, a road bike with dropped bars is the ticket. They've been configured like that for well over a century for good reason. That's not what you have, so either get mentally comfortable with your machine or get a second bike - a road bike. It's good to have many bikes.