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Old 04-23-08, 02:04 PM
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New to Aerobars need suggestions

I'm thinking to get aerobars. main reason for comfort reasons. another position to switch to and maybe it will just be better ...
i know there lot's of people here that don't like them

my question is which one you guys recommends. i saw there lot's of kinds anything between $30 to $200.
and what is the difference between the different shapes ?

thanks Dan
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Old 04-23-08, 02:43 PM
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Aerobars really aren't going to be more comfortable if done properly. The purpose is to get you into a more aero position, which, generally is not more comfortable. They will also pretty much eliminate the "hands by the stem riding position", which is, imo, the most relaxed.

I got hand-me-downs, and then adjusted my bike position around that for when I need them. When I take them off, I move the seat back to normal.
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Originally Posted by danny_isr View Post
I'm thinking to get aerobars. main reason for comfort reasons. another position to switch to and maybe it will just be better ...
i know there lot's of people here that don't like them

my question is which one you guys recommends. i saw there lot's of kinds anything between $30 to $200.
and what is the difference between the different shapes ?

thanks Dan
Get the cheap ones, ride the crap out of them, and then make your decision. I have a pair of the cheapy Nashbar areo bars and I like them. It's nice to be able to get areo and be able to stay in that position. Although I found that with the shift in position, I was exersizing muscles that I never knew I had...
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if this is for comfort, keep your drop bars, get the Oval Concepts R800 stem and A710 or A711 stem plate, and Profile-design CGT clip-on aero bars for road bikes.
short extension bars, ideal for not over-extending. very comfy bars, and the Oval Concepts stem/plate combo allows you to clip them to your existing bars even if they are flat-tops, by putting the clamp rings on the stem plate, under the bars.
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i would suggest clip-on aerobars for your purposes. You'll still have your normal bars plus the aero bars if you really want to use them.

i use profile-design clip ons and they do the job just fine for TT's, but i don't go riding around with them for another position
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WHen I had my bike assembled, I had them put on a pair of Profile Design Century bars. They're nice enough, but I found that I really missed the hands on top riding position. So I took mine off and they're sitting on a shelf. I've tried riding bikes with aerobars where the armrests flip up, but my experience is that after a while, they became noisy....annoyingly so. If you don't mine not having the option of riding the tops, then the PD Century bars are fine. I missed that position though.
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Originally Posted by Apus^2 View Post
Aerobars really aren't going to be more comfortable if done properly. The purpose is to get you into a more aero position, which, generally is not more comfortable. They will also pretty much eliminate the "hands by the stem riding position", which is, imo, the most relaxed.
100% wrong.

Aerobars can be situated for performance or for comfort. Tourers with profile centuries mounted at a slightly tipped up angle is a good example of the latter.
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I really like my Syntace S2 bars. I even added the riser kit to raise the arm wrests. These are strong and light weight bars. They sell for $139 to 169 depending on where you shop them.
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Originally Posted by operator View Post
100% wrong.

Aerobars can be situated for performance or for comfort. Tourers with profile centuries mounted at a slightly tipped up angle is a good example of the latter.
Nevermind. I assumed wrong. I guess if you jacked them up they could be more comfortable...call them armrests?
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