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Butterfly Bars with Aero Bars for touring

Old 02-26-11, 03:50 PM
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Butterfly Bars with Aero Bars for touring

Hey im a newbie to touring and im looking for a good set up
I was looking at butterfly bars with aero bars
would this work?
is it a good combination?
I have a 2009 Kona Dew Plus
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Old 02-26-11, 05:00 PM
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Wow, you'd probably have around 10' of handlebar, linearly speaking
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Old 02-26-11, 06:02 PM
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Max hand positions for sure. Mine are on cow horns, but you've got me thinking. Seems like you'd be really stretched out. Give it a shot and return with pics and results if it works out. Or if it doesn't.

I'm a solid fan of aerobars for touring.
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Old 02-26-11, 07:52 PM
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I did it for a while. The aero bars were a handy place to mount my bike computer and map holder in addition to occasional use as hand positions. I didn't mount the elbow pads, using the Ergon grips in their place.



It worked ok, but I didn't really like the butterfly/trekking bars as much as I thought I would. I got numbness in the heels of both hands after about a week on tour. I'm back to traditional dropped bars now.
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Old 02-26-11, 07:58 PM
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Have you a method of how you plan to mount the aero bars onto the trekking bars?

There is the option of using several stems if the fork tube is left long and the steerer is threadless.
they stack like spacers , then a short piece of tubing on the stem
not holding the handle bar can work

I used a 2nd stem below my trekking bars, , to mount a handle bar bag.

Get the parts and see if they fit together is the obvious way to find out.
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Old 02-27-11, 09:16 AM
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Originally Posted by fietsbob View Post
Have you a method of how you plan to mount the aero bars onto the trekking bars?

There is the option of using several stems if the fork tube is left long and the steerer is threadless.
they stack like spacers , then a short piece of tubing on the stem
not holding the handle bar can work

I used a 2nd stem below my trekking bars, , to mount a handle bar bag.

Get the parts and see if they fit together is the obvious way to find out.
Well thats just a fantastic idea. Would love to see some picks of that set up.
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Old 02-27-11, 09:55 AM
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Aerobars with Trekking bar

I've got this combination on an older hybrid, and while I've never toured with it, I really love it for longer rides for the variation in hand position. Also, when facing a headwind, the aerobars are crucial.

I should also mention that the reach (top tube) on this bike is most likely longer than the dew, but I have not issue with it stretching me out too far. The trekking bars do bring the bars forward some to shorten the reach.


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Old 02-27-11, 10:34 AM
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Highly recommend it. Here is a 2007 Safari that I have had this set up on for several years that I use for touring and commuting. This is the basic clamp on Profile Design aerobar. Straight forward installation. Couple of recommendations:

1.) Wrap the trekking bars in pipe insulation, this greatly reduces hand fatigue.

2.) Handle bar bags are tricking with this set up. The best that I have come across is the Carradice Zip Rolled bag. Three point attachment, straight forward installation, and you can see how well it hangs on the bike.

A couple of things that don't show up well on the pictures. There is still room for a bike computer on the handle bars next to the aerobar attachment and a bell next to the shifter, there is a Cateye blinke strapped to the top of the aerobars, and the Details cell phone bag on the stem can be swapped out for a map holder.
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Old 02-28-11, 02:15 PM
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I haven't used them myself but I have seen pics of where people have mounted normal bar ends on the front inner corners of butterfly bars to use as semi aero bars. I think the idea is that you grab the bar ends and rest forearms on the loops of the bar.
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Originally Posted by robmcl View Post

1.) Wrap the trekking bars in pipe insulation, this greatly reduces hand fatigue.
Started out with bar tape wrapped pipe insulation, but found that double wrapping with bar tape lasted a lot longer and was just as comfortable. The pipe insulation would tend to permanently compress at the pressure points.

Would never want to ride far without the padding and ergonomic friendliness of thick bars. Reminds me of when car manufacturers figured out that thick steering wheels were more comfortable than thin ones. Like back in the '60s I think.

All the pics prove how easily aerobars can be fitted to treking bars. Can't imagine touring or even riding far locally without the aeros. If you've just gotta have a bar bag, hang it below the aeros.
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Old 02-28-11, 04:41 PM
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FWIW, Picture of my stacked stem set is here:
https://www.cyclofiend.com/working/20...clark1008.html
( .. no aero bars, #2 stem mounts the bar bag.. )

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