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Old 10-21-12, 09:26 AM
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Aero bars good for SART, SGRT, PCH riding?

I do a lot of riding on these trails, so mostly flat, straight stuff. Minimal climbing. Would I benefit from aero bars? I don't see very many people on these trails using em. Seems like it would be nice to have when you're headed towards the beach and getting that headwind.
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Old 10-21-12, 10:00 AM
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Headwind is God's workout. People pay a lot to get an ocean breeze.

I've never used aerobars, I guess it depends on your experience with them. It would make sense if one can keep control in traffic.
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Old 10-21-12, 10:43 AM
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I would say Yes with an asterisk. And that asterisk is that you cheerfully resume an upright position with your hands near the brakes before passing anyone. Give yourself time to get used to the aerobars and focus on being loose, relaxed yet controlled on them. And riding aerobars may require a saddle adjustment.
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Old 10-21-12, 11:32 AM
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Originally Posted by Flying Merkel View Post
Headwind is God's workout. People pay a lot to get an ocean breeze.
I now have a better outlook when fighting one, lol.
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Old 10-21-12, 12:20 PM
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Of course, on SART you're downwind of the sewage treatment plant............
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Old 10-21-12, 02:10 PM
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Aerobars and aerohelmet will save you a boatload of watts.
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Old 10-21-12, 02:27 PM
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I have a PD set but they don't fit my ergo shaped carbon bars and they are an overkill on my SS tool-around bike.

Most mornings, breeze is calm to non-existent and after PM, predominant winds blow inland (at least in the OC), I ride SART weekends and start 8ish am and be done by noon if longer path is taken but almost always get a tail(ish) wind coming back. if you are not a late starter I don't really see the need for it.
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Originally Posted by Elvo View Post
Aerobars and aerohelmet will save you a boatload of watts.
Yeah, but it's probably pretty humiliating when you get passed by some guy sitting bolt-upright with no aerohelmet.
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Old 10-21-12, 04:28 PM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Yeah, but it's probably pretty humiliating when you get passed by some guy sitting bolt-upright with no aerohelmet.
and towing a trailer with his recycling sh*t........
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Old 10-21-12, 04:29 PM
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I use aero bars all the time, and wouldn't be without a bike setup with them. They are a distinct advantage in headwinds, on flats, and descents. The caveat, as previously mentioned, it takes a little to get used to them because when you are in the aero position, your elbows are much closer to the steering axis, so much less movement is required to alter the path of the front wheel. Practice minimizing any upper body movement, especially when around other riders, and you will want to slightly increase the tilt on your saddle. You may notice some improvement in your pedal stroke and cadence as well.
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Old 10-21-12, 04:54 PM
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Originally Posted by calamarichris View Post
Yeah, but it's probably pretty humiliating when you get passed by some guy sitting bolt-upright with no aerohelmet.
Or that middle-aged Athena who is carrying her haul from the farmers' market in her grocery panniers and is also stopping to photograph things.
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Old 10-21-12, 07:20 PM
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A complete essay on wind. Sometimes, I'm Doug ... sometimes I'm Neil.



I learned to use aerobars when after breaking my hand in a game of basketball ... it was aerobars or not riding at all.

Advantages: For the same effort, you can make 1-2 MPH more , and on cold mornings, they make it easier (and warmer) to duck out of the wind a bit. They also offer yet one more riding position. I had the flip-up kind (cuz I didn't want to give up the handlebar real estate). They work fine, but the little springs in them tend to break after a year or so.

Disadvantages: They take up handlebar real estate, and the flip up ones are apt to rattle. And while they are definitely helpful in the wind, you can get almost the same effect just by learning to ride on the drops.

Most of my riding is in the mountains, where they are of little use, which is why my aerobars are in the garage instead of on the bike. They came in very handy on the FC 508, though.
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Old 10-21-12, 08:19 PM
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Please never ride in aero bars when in a group. Way to dangerous to others. That's why the pro peleton has outlawed them for years and they are the best riders in the world. TT only
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Old 10-22-12, 01:31 PM
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Originally Posted by HBxRider View Post
I do a lot of riding on these trails, so mostly flat, straight stuff. Minimal climbing. Would I benefit from aero bars? I don't see very many people on these trails using em. Seems like it would be nice to have when you're headed towards the beach and getting that headwind.
You would be a good candidate for a brand new aero TT bike. And if you want it slightly relaxed, just have the shop fit you for triathlon type riding.
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Old 10-22-12, 02:02 PM
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I use aerobars on the trail quite often. Pretty nice to have, just be sure to swap back to your regular hand positions when nearing pedestrians, kids, dogs, etc that crop up here and there.

Just 2 weeks ago some dude accidentally let his leashed german shepard get loose literally 3 seconds before I got to him, and I T-boned the dog. Luckily, I'd been prepared and had my hands already on the brakes. I slowed enough to avoid damage to the dog and the bike and stayed upright. If I'd stayed in the aerobars, there's a 100% chance I woulda gone over the bars and who knows what could have happened to the poor dog. He was just so excited to see a cyclist he wanted to run out and say hi I guess.

Use aerobars safely and you'll grow to love them. Eventually they become very comfortable, and (can be) aerodynamic enough to get you an extra 1-2mph.

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Old 10-22-12, 04:15 PM
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I've seen aerobars at the tuesday night rose bowl ride and on the montrose ride .Nobody had any problems with them. One of the worst crashes I have ever seen involved a hybrid and a road bike on the montrose ride. Granted skill level a little higher than your average group ride. Lots of touring riders use clip ons with their road bars.
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Old 10-23-12, 08:41 AM
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I like aerobars. They have their place, but as has been said, you need to be ready to instantly move your hands to cover the brakes.

A while ago we were riding on PCH with a group of other tandem riders. The highway was busy with drivers changing lanes and turning, pedestrians and lots of traffic lights. We were moving at 20-22 mph, and we were passed like we were standing still by a guy on a serious TT/Tri bike who was completely tucked in on his aerobars. NOT A GOOD IDEA in that situation!
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