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Any aerobar users here?

Old 04-03-18, 07:17 PM
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Any aerobar users here?

Looking to discuss comfort aerobar installation and setup.
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Yup. Used them since my first double ~1998. I bolted a set of Syntace C2 bars on my regular road setup, didn't change anything. Have had them on my bikes ever since. Both I and Stoker have them on our tandem. One of my Trek's rando configurations: Goes right along, it does.
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R U talking about clip/bolt on aerobars or actual aerobars?.... https://www.pro-bikegear.com/global/..._VIBEAERO.html
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I would probably start with bolt-on, most likely Profile Design. I'm nowhere near buying a tri-bike or setting up a dedicated rando bike, beyond what I have now.

Based on your link, I currently have some conventional bars on a road bike. I would add a set of clip-ons to that bike. My overall interest is to reduce wrist pain while my fracture rehab goes on, and to discuss fitting requirements related to that.

Beyond that, metric century in July!

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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Yup. Used them since my first double ~1998. I bolted a set of Syntace C2 bars on my regular road setup, didn't change anything. Have had them on my bikes ever since. Both I and Stoker have them on our tandem. One of my Trek's rando configurations: Goes right along, it does.
So far, I think I'd like to have the pads and hence the grips about two or three inches above the saddle top. I could do that with a Technomic stem but then I have to totally re-cable, since my current bars are pretty will fit to my normal bar position.
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So far, I think I'd like to have the pads and hence the grips about two or three inches above the saddle top. I could do that with a Technomic stem but then I have to totally re-cable, since my current bars are pretty will fit to my normal bar position.
Syntace has riser blocks which raise their bars up maybe 1.5". That's what many folks do. Bars stay the same. Might be able to stack 2 riser blocks. Have to ask them. Or have a machine shop make an additional riser block.

IME low works just fine for brevets, though some RAAM riders have multiple heights, low for headwinds, up for resting with no wind or tailwinds on the flat.

An advantage of the riser blocks with Syntace bars is that then your hands will fit on the bar tops under the pads. Their pads don't pivot up.
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I use profile design bolt-on aero bars, not for aerodynamics but for an additional arm position on long rides. My handlebars are high, upright fit. Aero bars, properly used, require a different (aero) fit but I use them with a standard road fit and adjust them appropriately (shifted more rearward). My elbows are at around 90 degree angles when in the aero bars.

I like them, but they interfere with traditional front rack/decaileur/ bag set up.
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Another profile design aero bar user. Just bolted the cheapie ones to my drops. Gives me two extra hand holds - the aero position and grabbing the pads I can sit completely upright. The downside is I've lost use of the flats, kind of, I never really used them anyway. I may eventually buy the aero bars with pads that are spring loaded and move out of the way.

It's nice for windy conditions or if I want to stretch out a little.
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I was thinking about it on Saturday's 300k, we had a headwind for 190 miles. Recent threads about aerobars:

Do you use aero bars?

Rando set up: what's more helpful, Front bag or aero bars? both?
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Wouldn't be without my bolt-on aerobars for anything longer than six hours, even with no wind. Used to suffer with palm and wrist numbness before I started using them, not any more. I'm probably in the aerobars 70% of the time I'm not drafting someone. It's not even an especially "aero" position, it just feels super comfy and efficient.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Syntace has riser blocks which raise their bars up maybe 1.5". That's what many folks do. Bars stay the same. Might be able to stack 2 riser blocks. Have to ask them. Or have a machine shop make an additional riser block.
The problem with Syntace aerobars, (unless they've changed their design) is that there isn't any way to adjust the pads fore/aft... an adjustment that is almost always needed when mounting aerobars on a road/endurance bike.
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Originally Posted by Carbonfiberboy View Post
Yup. Used them since my first double ~1998. I bolted a set of Syntace C2 bars on my regular road setup, didn't change anything. Have had them on my bikes ever since. Both I and Stoker have them on our tandem. One of my Trek's rando configurations: Goes right along, it does.
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I use them to take pressure off the hands once in a while. These are profile design clip ons.


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can you use the tops with that setup?
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Yes. There's actually room under the elbow rests. But I rarely spend much time there, mostly hoods.
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Yes. There's actually room under the elbow rests. But I rarely spend much time there, mostly hoods.
What bag is that behind your handlebars? That looks perfect for holding gear and displaying cue sheets.
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What bag is that behind your handlebars? That looks perfect for holding gear and displaying cue sheets.
It is the MEC world tour top tube bag: https://www.mec.ca/en/product/5035-4...d%20tour%20top

It's ok but I think there are also better choices out there. This one has some padding that takes up interior room and the clear plastic (meant for a cell phone) is small and opens at the top, so that rain can enter and flood it (poor design). On the plus side it holds my phone, camera and/or food and has small mesh pouches on the side to fit two clif bars in for easy access.
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Easy to try but saddle type and position become issues... I'm using an ISM saddle.
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Yes, absolutely when doing anything 100mi or more.
Being able to grind along while upper body, arms etc are snoozong is awesome.
Aero is also a nice benefit.
If you have never used them before you are in for a treat.
Good luck.
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I've been thinking of installing a pair, but worried if I get too used to them, it would be a pain to get un-used to them for brevets that do not allow them.
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The problem with Syntace aerobars, (unless they've changed their design) is that there isn't any way to adjust the pads fore/aft... an adjustment that is almost always needed when mounting aerobars on a road/endurance bike.
In my case, they fit perfectly. My opinion is that if your reach is dialed in the way I advocate - elbows forward of knees when on the hoods with horizontal forearms - and if one buys the correct length, they'll work fine. I like the shape, sturdiness, and adjustable width pads, which are replaceable. I've worn out 2 sets of pads.
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I dig the dual headlight arrangement! Are they powered by a dyno?? I can't tell by the pics.
No, those are battery. I was only doing 400s or less and battery worked great for only having to ride in the dark for a couple house, if at all. Lighter, simpler, cheaper.
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I've been thinking of installing a pair, but worried if I get too used to them, it would be a pain to get un-used to them for brevets that do not allow them.
Most folks just do without them every 4 years if they're going to France.
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