Newbie aerobar question
I did my first sprint race 9/03, but I am struggled with a shoulder problem this year that kept me out of swimming most of the year. I plan to compete in 2005, body willing.
Cycling does stress my shoulder some. I notice that if I put my fingers over the shifter hoods, so that my knuckles are forward instead of pointing out, it helps. I'm riding a standard road bike (Trek 5200), and I live in a hilly area, so I'm always doing at least rolling hills and shifting a lot. I ride alone, my handling skills are Ok, but not the greatest.
I have wondered whether aerobars would help my shoulder. Given the hills I deal with, and my lack of confidence at times, I have stayed away from them so far, but I keep returning to the question.
Do you find that aerobars are easier or harder on your shoulders? Do they make any sense when training on hilly terrain? If aerobars make sense, which ones?