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Why don' tmany pros utilize aero wing handlebars?

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Old 10-06-08, 10:01 AM
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Why don' tmany pros utilize aero wing handlebars?

I've been looking to replace my stem because the hardware sticks out a bit and I'll sometimes cut my knee on them when sprinting aggressively. So, while shopping for stems I noticed that most stems are 31.8 and are known to be stiffer than the smaller 26.0 clamp when matched to the proper handlebar. I saw that most companies now offer a wing or aero style handlebar now...the problem is that I couldn't find any images of pros that utilize this type of handlebar. Is it just a fashion thing as opposed to being practical? I'm not sure how much the wing could actually help you aerodynamically speaking but on the downside you don't have padding to rest your hands on the top part either. Thoughts please!
 
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Old 10-06-08, 10:09 AM
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Is there actually any proof that 31.8 is stiffer than 26? I'm not sure there is...
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Is there actually any proof that 31.8 is stiffer than 26? I'm not sure there is...
I imagine it would be for carbon.
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the problem is the carbon. My guess is that you don't see a lot of pros on carbon bars. Alu about the same weight and much more reliable in a crash.

But this is only a guess.
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I imagine it would be for carbon.
It seems as though the opposite is true according to Schmolke.
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I don't like the feel.
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Thought those bars were for Fred's and master 45+ riders
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Majority of pro's prefer aluminum.
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Pros don't hold onto the flats of the handlebars as much as you'd think...
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Pros don't hold onto the flats of the handlebars as much as you'd think...
How much time do you spend watching the climbing stages of the TdF?
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Aero wheels, bladed forks, oval seat post tubing, shaved legs.......etc. everything is subject to aerodynamics. or soon will be....
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Aero wheels, bladed forks, oval seat post tubing, shaved legs.......etc. everything is subject to aerodynamics. or soon will be....
I lol'd.
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That started me thinking... what if you could shave dimples into your legs?
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Originally Posted by urbanknight View Post
How much time do you spend watching the climbing stages of the TdF?
Maybe it's just me... can you give me a head count of how many riders you see holding the hoods compared to the flats?

http://cyclingnews.com/photos/2008/t...llery-tour0817

I see more hoods than flats. But then again - this is an n=1 observation.

edit: I put up wrong link. I meant to show gallery and not one picture.

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is that o'grady holding 1 hood and 1 flat?
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Ride what you are paid to ride. The last person I saw using a wing bar was, crap, I forgot his name. The climber who used to be on Saunier Duval. Italian. I'll UTFG. Simoni.
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Originally Posted by simplyred View Post
Maybe it's just me... can you give me a head count of how many riders you see holding the hoods compared to the flats?

http://cyclingnews.com/photos/2008/t...e_stage_17_043

I see more hoods than flats. But then again - this is an n=1 observation.

Looks like you provided a pic of the autobus. Rule number one when providing a picture of rider behavior in a climb, if your picture has Robbie McEwen in it, there are probably not a lot of pure climbers in the picture

This guy seemed to climb well:


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http://www.veloallegro.org/content/p...erbike/08b.jpg

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I lol'd.
......you understand then.
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Maybe it's just me... can you give me a head count of how many riders you see holding the hoods compared to the flats?

http://cyclingnews.com/photos/2008/t...llery-tour0817

I see more hoods than flats. But then again - this is an n=1 observation.

edit: I put up wrong link. I meant to show gallery and not one picture.










it's personal style and comfort. people ride with their hands where they want to.
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