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Road bars for practicing 500M starts?

Old 12-04-18, 02:10 PM
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Road bars for practicing 500M starts?

I live out in the boonies and can't regularly work out at the track. Outdoors, I have flat, empty spaces to practice starts, but I bruise my wrists with my current bars. I know there were road bars that didn't give me that problem back when I raced three decades ago. Do any of you know of road bars bent so they won't interfere with my wrists?

This is even more important now, during trainer season. I just picked up an H2 direct-drive trainer and found that it is pretty good for start practice. But, as discussed in a recent thread, the H2 won't accept track-bike dropouts; the stays are too narrow. So I'm trying to adapt my road bike to something more like the way my track bike is set up.

Thank you,

Rick
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Originally Posted by rickbuddy_72 View Post
I live out in the boonies and can't regularly work out at the track. Outdoors, I have flat, empty spaces to practice starts, but I bruise my wrists with my current bars. I know there were road bars that didn't give me that problem back when I raced three decades ago. Do any of you know of road bars bent so they won't interfere with my wrists?

This is even more important now, during trainer season. I just picked up an H2 direct-drive trainer and found that it is pretty good for start practice. But, as discussed in a recent thread, the H2 won't accept track-bike dropouts; the stays are too narrow. So I'm trying to adapt my road bike to something more like the way my track bike is set up.

Thank you,

Rick
FSA Wings work pretty well for me - nice for road riding but decent for standing starts.
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Just put some Nitto 125's on your road bike?
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Originally Posted by rickbuddy_72 View Post
I live out in the boonies and can't regularly work out at the track. Outdoors, I have flat, empty spaces to practice starts, but I bruise my wrists with my current bars. I know there were road bars that didn't give me that problem back when I raced three decades ago. Do any of you know of road bars bent so they won't interfere with my wrists?
Look at Cinelli Criterium Bars - widths 40 to 44 cm. Around $70 new.
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Cannondale makes some "traditional bend" road drops that are cheap and should work.
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Originally Posted by Baby Puke View Post
Just put some Nitto 125's on your road bike?
I did something similar with the B127 bar. Loved it.

To the OP, you can find a really good selection of bars at Ben's Cycle - https://www.benscycle.com

Some suggestions
https://www.benscycle.com/deda-veloc...ta_182/product
https://www.benscycle.com/nitto---ea...70-527/product
https://www.benscycle.com/nitto-b123...aa_870/product
https://www.benscycle.com/nitto-b123...sb_870/product
https://www.benscycle.com/nitto-b123...sb_870/product
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