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is my $300 carbon Handlebar Upgrade=faster me?

Old 08-08-11, 05:33 AM
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is my $300 carbon Handlebar Upgrade=faster me?

Here it is...will I become a better climber or sprinter or anything as a result?
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/co...lebars.28.html
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Old 08-08-11, 05:47 AM
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NO. You will be poorer though.
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Old 08-08-11, 05:48 AM
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Depends. If you paid cash, a lighter wallet will help in the climbs. If you bought on credit, a heavier debt load will slow you down climbing. Just look for long descents.
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Faster, fer sure.
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haha
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Whatever you have to tell yourself. Just ride 'em til they explode.
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When asked about becoming a better cyclist, Eddy Merckx answered with "Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades."
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Old 08-08-11, 06:16 AM
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Originally Posted by brewster1972 View Post
When asked about becoming a better cyclist, Eddy Merckx answered with "Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades."
I'm pretty sure that the OP was in jest.
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Old 08-08-11, 06:32 AM
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If Eddy said it then it's gospel...bicycling god that one...the cannibal.
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If you flip it...
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depends, is CC running the "free blood transfusion when you spend more than $300" special?
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Old 08-08-11, 07:00 AM
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I'm pretty sure that the OP was in jest.
Ya never know around here ..........
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So much faster you'll need a rider on your insurance.
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Where's that old post by umd with the pics of his carbon bar that broke?
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Originally Posted by brewster1972 View Post
When asked about becoming a better cyclist, Eddy Merckx answered with "Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades."
I love that!

To answer the question...yes, you will be faster as a result. As a result of training harder--not buying something that's lighter or marginally stronger.
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Old 08-08-11, 07:49 AM
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if its properly aero, it will act like a wing and provide lift, thus making you and the bike essentially lighter. You will fly.
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Originally Posted by pallen View Post
if its properly aero, it will act like a wing and provide lift, thus making you and the bike essentially lighter. You will fly.
Answer found.

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No, you need to pay $400 and get these...

http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pr...5517.28.1.html
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Absolutely positively faster! At least 10 kph faster avg speed with no other modifications. Yeah, that's it 10 kph.
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Originally Posted by brewster1972 View Post
When asked about becoming a better cyclist, Eddy Merckx answered with "Don't buy upgrades. Ride up grades."
Perfect!
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That one is made of non-baryonic matter, so it's immune to gravity. This will make you faster, but only going up hills.
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Originally Posted by thehammerdog View Post
Here it is...will I become a better climber or sprinter or anything as a result?
http://www.competitivecyclist.com/co...lebars.28.html
No, but if you buy these you will be ALOT faster:http://www.competitivecyclist.com/pr...5324.28.1.html
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Originally Posted by pallen View Post
if its properly aero, it will act like a wing and provide lift, thus making you and the bike essentially lighter. You will fly.
Just add a couple of mini jet engines and you can be like this guy:

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Originally Posted by rangerdavid View Post
Where's that old post by umd with the pics of his carbon bar that broke?
Probably beside the pics of the aluminium allez that folded in half in a crash.
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LOL to some of the answers and replys.

I wouldn't say it will make you a faster rider or a better climber by any measure at all. Is it a nice upgrade and save weight...yes. Is it worth $300....if you have the expendable income to do so, yes. That being said what does the rest of your bike look like? are there other upgrades that would be far better spent such as a wheelset, saddle, stem, seatpost, pedals, shoes, shorts? I'd rather drop $200 on a nice set of bib shorts with a high quality chamois than $300 on carbon bars. But then again, I already have carbon bars.
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