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Old 02-03-12, 09:09 AM
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Headwind, thou art vanquished.... or, Aerobars on a hybrid? WTF!

so i had some old profile design aerobars laying around, and a really obnoxious headwind coming home a few days ago. so i said "why not? how bad can it look?"

so my my IGH/disc brake flat-bar winter beast has now been adorned with some aerobars. i do not have them properly dialed in yet (they're too far forward), but these crappy cell phone pics below give a little bit of an idea.

they look pretty silly to me, so it will depend on how often i use them to see of i keep them on or not.







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Old 02-03-12, 10:26 AM
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A few years ago I was working in NYC and had only my hybrid commuting bike with me for the summer. I wanted to get some high paced speedy rides around Central Park so I threw on a set of aero bars. They definitely improved my speed but my set up wasn't quite right and, in combination with a bit of a strained back, I managed to do some pretty serious damage to my back riding in the aero position that wasn't exactly right.

My recommendation is to make sure the fit matches what it would be if you were set up with aero bars on a road bike. But they do work well in terms of getting some speed.
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Old 02-03-12, 11:07 AM
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I think it's cool and definitely not all that WTF.
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Old 02-03-12, 11:43 AM
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I had aerobars on a folding bike once, so I can't comment on weirdness.
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Old 02-03-12, 11:55 AM
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In the 90s, I had a mountain bike with aerobars and slick tires. It was a very comfortable long-distance bike. I even did a double century on it.
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Old 02-03-12, 12:04 PM
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Use a set of Cinelli Spinacci bars (modified/shortened). It's my bike and who cares if someone thinks that it's weird?!
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Old 02-03-12, 01:23 PM
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Personally, I like the way it looks. Granted a group of bike commuters is not exactly an impartial audience, but still..
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Old 02-03-12, 01:36 PM
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Are you kidding? Look at that profile!

Looks killer to me! Keep em on there.
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Old 02-03-12, 01:37 PM
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Looks pretty sweet to me!
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I bet the people that would be offended by the looks wont be out riding until May. Keep 'em if they work for you, those headwinds must be pretty intense by the lake.
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You know that in order to maximize their effectiveness you really must a wear time trial helmet as well.

But since you are asking for opinions (you are right?) I will admit to thinking it's a bit of a disconnect. IMHO they don't belong on that bike. But at the same time if you find it comfortable and useful who am I to tell you what to ride? If you like it, ride the hell out if it.
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I don't mind the look of aerobars, but it always freaks me out not to have my hands close to a brake lever. If I were to start using them, I'd probably install a barend shifter on the right one and a brake lever on the left.

In the meantime, I'll use my drops when it gets windy.

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That looks AWESOME! I was debating whether or not to get aero bars for my FX 7.3. I think your pic just convinced me to. Something about the smaller frame works with the aero bars. The combination of angles looks so aggressive. I have the 17.5 frame (slightly less of a sloping top tube, but only just).
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to all who liked the mod, thanks for the compliments. i guess i just have to get used to the look (i only put them on last evening).





Originally Posted by buzzman View Post
They definitely improved my speed but my set up wasn't quite right and, in combination with a bit of a strained back, I managed to do some pretty serious damage to my back riding in the aero position that wasn't exactly right.

My recommendation is to make sure the fit matches what it would be if you were set up with aero bars on a road bike. But they do work well in terms of getting some speed.
thanks for the warning. i definitely don't have them dialed in correctly yet, but i think sliding them back an inch or two, along with angling them up a couple of degrees, will give me a comfortable fit.





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those headwinds must be pretty intense by the lake.
hell yeah they are. some days the wind along the lakeshore is absolutely stupid.





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In the meantime, I'll use my drops when it gets windy.
yeah, drops are great for fighting a headwind. the reason i can't retrofit drops on this particular bike is the hydraulic disc brake levers, they're MTB bar diameter, and thus won't fit on a drop bar.

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Old 02-03-12, 04:30 PM
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Originally Posted by Steely Dan View Post
thanks for the warning. i definitely don't have them dialed in correctly yet, but i think sliding them back an inch or two, along with angling them up a couple of degrees, will give me a comfortable fit.
Definitely do it as soon as possible. I knew my fit was off and put off getting it right and then one day I was bombing up that hill on the back side of Central Park and felt a funny tug under my bottom right rib. Ended up with pain that radiated up from my lower back right around to my solar plexus. You won't appreciate the savings in time, pain and money unless it were to happen but avoid that kind of thing like the plague. I'm a fan of aero bars but haven't used them since.
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The most important thing is the FIT, as long as you are comfortable then that's what matters most.
I have drop bars on my MTB and I like it, it doesn't matter if other people think it looks stupid . Use whatever works best for your situation.
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I've been using aerobars on my hybrid since they came out back in 89. They make sense to me. I like the extra riding position you get, particularly in the wind.

I think yours look good on your handlebars, they match the grips and everything real nice. Makes the bike look bad ass. I hope you've got a good lock for that bike. You might get some jackass out there wanting to steal it.

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Old 02-03-12, 06:11 PM
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Whatever works! Unlike many other forums, the commuting forum has no specific type of bike associated with it.
The first time I saw aero bars on a hybrid, it was a fellow who had taken up randonneuring and was doing rides up to 300k on it.
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Originally Posted by fizbiz View Post
That looks AWESOME! I was debating whether or not to get aero bars for my FX 7.3. I think your pic just convinced me to. Something about the smaller frame works with the aero bars. The combination of angles looks so aggressive. I have the 17.5 frame (slightly less of a sloping top tube, but only just).
Make sure that the aero bars fit the handlebars. I have an old Profile Design aerobar I was going to throw on my new FX 7.6, but they don't fit around the handlebars. At least in may case, the part of the handlebars by the stem is thicker than by the grips & it doesn't fit my aerobars (or a friend's set I tried).
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Originally Posted by Rhodabike View Post
Whatever works! Unlike many other forums, the commuting forum has no specific type of bike associated with it.
The first time I saw aero bars on a hybrid, it was a fellow who had taken up randonneuring and was doing rides up to 300k on it.
+1 If it works, use it.
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Old 02-04-12, 05:34 AM
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I'm really getting tired of wind too, but I don't like the idea of having bars such that I couldn't have brakes when in the crouched position, especially given Shanghai's chaotic unpredictable traffic. So I'll probably be putting drops on my bike at some point this year, though not until much later as it's a pretty costly conversion.
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I'm really getting tired of wind too, but I don't like the idea of having bars such that I couldn't have brakes when in the crouched position, especially given Shanghai's chaotic unpredictable traffic. So I'll probably be putting drops on my bike at some point this year, though not until much later as it's a pretty costly conversion.
Many cyclocross bikes have an extra set of brake levers on the top of the handlebars. Maybe it would be possible to do something like that on aero bars.
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If you can get them dialed in and they help combat the wind, keep them on. Besides, I think the bike looks fine with them.

I do have bad news about vanquishing the wind, however...
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The seat is pretty far rearward for an aerobar, I suspect. Maybe you can reverse the seatpost. I think it looks fine. Next is a fairing . . .

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Originally Posted by MK313 View Post
Make sure that the aero bars fit the handlebars. I have an old Profile Design aerobar I was going to throw on my new FX 7.6, but they don't fit around the handlebars. At least in may case, the part of the handlebars by the stem is thicker than by the grips & it doesn't fit my aerobars (or a friend's set I tried).
Yeah...I noticed that. Was thinking about swapping out the handlebar for something a little narrower anyways. Well that, and bars that don't require an adapter in order to use bar ends.
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