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Old 02-01-11, 01:41 PM
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I put aerobars on my commuter...

I though I made the most frediculous bike in the world, with panniers and aeros, but I'm starting to understand why a lot of touring bikes have "century bars." These are kind of nice!

Most of my commute goes through quiet residential neighborhoods ... I just moved, and haven't settled on a new route, but the ones I'm enjoy so far are pretty uneventful. And this means I can actually make a lot of use of the bars. I get back onto the hoods when I'm approaching a light that looks like I may need to stop for, or when I'm going down hill. But I'd say these are viable for 80 % of the ride.

Having an extra hand/back position is really nice. At first these put too much weight on my shoulders, but once I started to trust them, I notice they're very comfortable, and force my weight onto my lower traps, where it should be. This probably means they aren't very aerodynamic, but that wasn't the goal.

Anyone else using aerobars on a commuter?
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Old 02-01-11, 01:51 PM
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I would consider it if my route allowed it. Currently it doesn't. Can you post a pic? Would love to see aerobars with panniers...
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When I had "one bike to rule them all" I was commuting on the same bike I raced triathlons on. My commute was 9 miles one way on mostly back country roads with little traffic so I laid on the aero bars most of that way and it was quite nice. I'm sure I looked ridiculous though as I crouched in an aero position with 2 fat panniers hanging off the back end!
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Old 02-01-11, 03:31 PM
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Here are mine, from over the years. Three of the pics are of the same bike, just different bars (and paint). The aeros are the same in all the images. All except the loaded touring one are my commuter set-ups.
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Old 02-01-11, 03:34 PM
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There's a guy 'round here who I saw with aero bars on his mountain bike. Has knobbies and a suspension fork but he was riding on pavement. I was flabbergasted at the sight of it. Fred factor aside...why?
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Maybe the guy couldn't lock out his fork, and thought that maybe he could keep the fork compressed if he put more weight on the bars?
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Originally Posted by MMACH 5 View Post
Here are mine, from over the years. Three of the pics are of the same bike, just different bars (and paint). The aeros are the same in all the images. All except the loaded touring one are my commuter set-ups.
Do I see an Aero + Trekker Bar combo in Pic #3?
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Originally Posted by shouldberiding View Post
There's a guy 'round here who I saw with aero bars on his mountain bike. Has knobbies and a suspension fork but he was riding on pavement. I was flabbergasted at the sight of it. Fred factor aside...why?
I'm thinking about doing this myself, if I can find aero bars that fit well. All the cool kids (on the Tour Divide - see Matt Lee's bike) do this.

The purpose is not so much for the time trial position, but for a different position. It's not bad when riding a mountain bike cross country.
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Old 02-01-11, 08:02 PM
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I used to run aero bars with my trekking bars on my Xtracycle. I took them off because they interfered with access to my handlebar bag.
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Old 02-01-11, 08:04 PM
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Head wind would be a good reason. I just experienced it today and wished I had aero bars myself, but I was absolutely FLYING going south though.
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Old 02-01-11, 08:12 PM
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Originally Posted by shouldberiding View Post
There's a guy 'round here who I saw with aero bars on his mountain bike. Has knobbies and a suspension fork but he was riding on pavement. I was flabbergasted at the sight of it. Fred factor aside...why?
i was on a huge group ride (RAGBRAI) that had slowed down due to traffic and a guy on a similar setup rode between my girlfriend and while in the "aero position". he was within an inch or two of clipping her handlebars. i was not impressed with his ignorance. he just as well left the mirror, bell, and brakes at home.
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Originally Posted by RichardGlover View Post
Do I see an Aero + Trekker Bar combo in Pic #3?
Yes. You should have seen my old BMX bars with aeros and DIY drops. It was quite ghastly.
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Old 02-02-11, 01:45 PM
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Originally Posted by xtrajack View Post
I used to run aero bars with my trekking bars on my Xtracycle. I took them off because they interfered with access to my handlebar bag.
Same here. I wanted to put aerobars on my touring bike, but the handlebar bag was in the way and I could not find a way around it, and the bag had to stay. I wonder how a Big Dummy would look with aerobars, hmmm....

Although someone has mentioned, here on these forums, that they found it hard to handle a loaded bike with aerobars.
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Old 02-02-11, 03:27 PM
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Originally Posted by shouldberiding View Post
There's a guy 'round here who I saw with aero bars on his mountain bike. Has knobbies and a suspension fork but he was riding on pavement. I was flabbergasted at the sight of it. Fred factor aside...why?
Another hand/back position is nice. I'd want them even more if I had a flat bar bike. In my case, I have drop bars, so I can already move around pretty well ... but my upper traps tend to get sore after a few hours in the saddle, and a way to force more of my weight onto the lower traps is great. On weekends I like to do long rides on the road bike, but also wind up running errands on the commuter bike, so it's nice to ride around without that soreness clock ticking.

That may or may not be similar to the MTBer's reasoning.
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Rigged up an aerobar set , have one of profile's early ones, single tube forms cowhorns and the aero bars.

Put it behind a Zzipper ['Thriller'] Fairing, so the aerodynamics were the fairing ,
not my bending over like some downhill skier.
so the bars got setup tall and close .
forearm rest made the hour long trip each way, just a matter of time spent,
turning of the pedals ..

Fairing also helped me hear thru my ear buds, better, the books on tape volume
I was borrowing from the library.

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Old 02-03-11, 07:42 PM
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Aero's on MTB... hmmm, and I thought I was getting outside the lines with my plan to put carbon barends on my riser bar!
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Hey, I can dig it. I'm very tempted to do this now. Roads are generally flat here in Texas and I plan on doing some touring as well. My only question is where would my headlight go?
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Old 02-03-11, 11:10 PM
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I used to do a 60 mile round trip commute 5 days a week on this....



The morning leg was 3 miles of MUP from home to the freeway, then 25 miles of wide, uninterrupted freeway shoulder where I'd get down in the aerobars and just hammer away time trial style for an hour or so, then 2 miles of local roads to my office. The return was the same in the opposite direction. I did that for about 5 years, year round with no break except for annual leave.
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Yup, on my single speed commuter Only 3 miles each way but they were nice.
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I have an 8 mile ride to the trail. I've been using aero bars since they came out in 89' or 90'. And I find them to be very practical when riding a bike. Whether you're doing a century or just going up the road. The aero bars give you another comfortable position to ride in and as was said before. You can't beat em' going against a headwind. I have them on both my commuter and my trail bike.
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Old 02-06-11, 07:08 AM
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I like the extra hand positions. With the protuberance at my mid-section I ain't crouching into any aero position
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I had Profile Clip ons on my commuter. Although it was also what I used for fast group rides. Though its been many years since I've been able to commute by bike, the Profiles are still on that bike... I also had Scott AT-4 "Aero" handlebars on my Iron Horse MTB... Wish I had those bars back, that bike was stolen in 93...
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The guys who wrote the book Bike for Life highly recommend aerobars for long trips for decreased air resistance.

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