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Old 07-01-13, 09:38 PM
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Pseudo-Aero Bars?

I'm having trouble envisioning this...

https://www.amazon.com/EIS-Shorty-Min...ords=aero+bars


These clip-on mini handlebars. Is there potential here for a nice, comfy extra hand position on typical drop bars that would be beneficial to long rides? They're a lot cheaper than full aerobars.

Just wondering if anyone's thought of putting these in a handlebar setup, or something similar.
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mdilthey, If you don't mind resting you arms on the handlebar. I have a set of Profile Airstryke aero bars that I haven't used yet on the T bike, but were great on my distance bike.

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42cm width (center to center) ? That's a huge width, well more than twice the distance of my aero bars and wider than most racing bars. If that's an accurate spec, I can't imagine these on anything but a MTB straight bars, and that explains the 31.8 clamp.
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might be mm not cm? or.. 4.2 cm.. Just wide enough to straddle the stem..

& the 31.8mm oversize bars are common to straight and Road bars , these days..


cross piece to mount your gps/phone..

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The straight pattern doesn't look very comfortable. Most aerobars have a grip section angled up to meet the hand.
Clip-on bars are a good idea for touring, esp if you have flat bars.
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Here is a review of a similar sized clip-on with built in armrests:
https://roadcyclinguk.com/news/deda-c...irst-ride.html

I've been thinking about mini areobars for a flat bar road bike, to create more hand positions and a more aero "tuck" for headwinds. I currently have Origin 8 long ski bend bar ends mounted almost flat to make pseudo bullhorns. They provide a couple of extra hand positions, but are too wide for sustained riding in a somewhat aero position.

I'm leaning toward a "loop" style clip-on - maybe the Profile Century. I've used a stationary spin bike with a one piece bullhorn, aero loop bar and it was by far the the most comfortable stationery I've ever used..thinking this should translate to my road (fitness) bike.
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You could also try a pair of Cinelli Spinaci, the goofiest little aero-bars there are.
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Full-on aero bars are the thing. You're not so interested in doing an uncomfortable TT as in having a comfortable rest position for long upwind goes on the flat. Yeah, they cost money but something cheaper that doesn't do the job is money wasted.
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I have a set of bar ends mounted near the center portion of my straight bars, so that the inward-curving ends just about meet. They have a fairly long curved portion: https://www.performancebike.com/bikes...40_-1___000000

and are wrapped in padded handlebar tape. They're angled upwards enough that handlebar-mounted lights I have don't experience interference. I do get a more relaxed, areo position than with the standard grips and bar ends I already had on there.
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If you think you would benefit from aerobars, get proper aerobars. Consider them an investment in your comfort that keeps on giving. I installed Air Strykes on a touring bike in 1993 or 1994, and they are still going strong.
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1+ on the Profile Design Airstyke. I did remove the elbow pads and padded the bar for arm rest. Wouldn't leave home without the aerobars on the DF tourer, which I now ride infrequently.

The mini bars shown in the op's link, IDK. Seems like half an aerobar for half the benefit. Heck, order, try, if they don't do it for you, return. That's the Amazon way.

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