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So Much for my Aero Bars

Old 04-27-09, 08:31 AM
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So Much for my Aero Bars

They don't belong on my road bike. I bought a nice pair of Profile Design Carbon's thinking that a more aero position might compensate for all the SFL wind I ride directly into. I'm a clyde and tucking in my elbows along with the lean seems to compress my chest area and make it harder to breathe deeply. In fact, when I rise back to the hoods, it's like a breath of fresh air.

So I'll stick to the drops and forge forward into the wind. Just my rant for the day. Anyone looking for a nice pair of carbon aeros?
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IMHO, aerobars and road bikes don't mix.

That said, if you're going to ride with them, it's a matter of getting used to them. You've got to spend some effort dialing in the position. Then you have to train with them to get to the point you can produce power in that position.
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Yeah, it takes some effort to get used to riding in aerobars. Additionally, depending on your build, wide elbow pads might work better. I'm a clyde, but mostly because I weightlift in addition to cycling/running/swimming. So I have wide shoulders, and larger chest muscles (or man-boobs as my wife likes to joke) My aerobars on my tri bike are probably the widest you see at the tranisition area of any triathlon. So you have to find what works for you
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ok - i'll come right out and say it : aero bars are for suckers.
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Originally Posted by AngryScientist View Post
ok - i'll come right out and say it : aero bars are for suckers.
Actually, they're not for suckers, i.e. wheelsuckers.

Riding alone against the clock they're virtually mandatory.

Riding with others, they're a seriously bad idea.
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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
Actually, they're not for suckers, i.e. wheelsuckers.
i like what you did there.

i also agree with your other points.
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Originally Posted by caelric View Post
Yeah, it takes some effort to get used to riding in aerobars. Additionally, depending on your build, wide elbow pads might work better. I'm a clyde, but mostly because I weightlift in addition to cycling/running/swimming. So I have wide shoulders, and larger chest muscles (or man-boobs as my wife likes to joke) My aerobars on my tri bike are probably the widest you see at the tranisition area of any triathlon. So you have to find what works for you
What works for me is enjoying riding along with eating well and drinking beer. The paunch will forever prohibit comfort in aero position. So, off the go. And I'll be just has happy.

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Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
IMHO, aerobars and road bikes don't mix.

That said, if you're going to ride with them, it's a matter of getting used to them. You've got to spend some effort dialing in the position. Then you have to train with them to get to the point you can produce power in that position.
The problem I see with the inexpensive slap on aerobars is that if your road bike is set up correctly for HB position, that they always put you way to far forward.

You can't really dial in much because they're usually not very adjustable and changing anything else messes up your road bar position.

If you get some that are more adjustable, the correct position puts the pads so far back your knees will hit them. This is normal on TT/Tri bikes anyway, but you're not expecting to be able to ride out of the saddle on those bikes anyway.
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