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Old 04-04-09, 04:57 PM
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road bike and aero bars.

hi folks,
doing my first tri here this June - olympic distance.

I'm currently riding a trek 1600, nothing too fancy. I have considered getting aero bars (clip on set) and might be able to get some at a pretty good deal.

As its my first tri, I'm hesitant to dunk too much money into things until I really get into it- wanted to hear your thoughts on how much of a difference it could make.
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Old 04-04-09, 05:52 PM
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Plenty of people at the Oceanside 70.3 today with clip ons on their road bars. The speed difference aero bars make is substantial, the draw back to clip ons as opposed to dedicated aero bars is the shifting. With dedicated aerobars, you shift and stay in position.

However, a decent set of clip ons shouldn't be too expensive, so it would be worth it to get them to see if you want to keep on doing tris or not. You should be able to sell them on slowtwitch.com pretty easily if you decide to stop doing tris, or if you want to upgrade.
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Originally Posted by Ohno Notyou View Post
Road bikes are not designed for aero bars.
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What? Clip-on's work just fine. No real difference between clip-ons with drops and clip-ons with a base bar.
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Originally Posted by Ohno Notyou View Post
Road bikes are not designed for aero bars.
Be careful
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Uhm what? Plenty of people use them including myself with no problem. Aside from the seating position being a few inches forward theres not much difference between a tri bike and a road bike, especially in terms of the frontend!

How do you make a post like that without qualifying your opinion?
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thanks for the info folks! I have a friend with a set he retired that he might sell me for a few bucks, it will be good to get going with. There's always room for upgrades!!
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Originally Posted by artifice View Post
thanks for the info folks! I have a friend with a set he retired that he might sell me for a few bucks, it will be good to get going with. There's always room for upgrades!!
Sounds perfect for a first start! Good luck, it will become addicting!
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i like the profile t2+ check those out and don't pay more than $100
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Originally Posted by artifice View Post
thanks for the info folks! I have a friend with a set he retired that he might sell me for a few bucks, it will be good to get going with. There's always room for upgrades!!
Yeah, as I alluded to, that's one good thing about tri stuff. There is always a market for used equipment, both buying and selling. Most likely, if you upgrade later, you could probably sell those clipons and get more money than you paid for them...
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Originally Posted by Ohno Notyou View Post
Road bikes are not designed for aero bars.
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In most cases Aero-bars on road bikes are fine.... however bike geometry and rider dimensions do have a fairly big role to play in this...

The main two issues with Aero bars on road bikes are over extending yourself to get onto your aero-bars, as well as the fact that since a road seat is set back more, when you go into aero your hip angle is going to be a lot shallower than it would be on a tri bike. However, if the reach is fine, and you're comfy with your hip angle you should be good to go.

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Originally Posted by Plew View Post

.... since a road seat is set back more, when you go into aero your hip angle is going to be a lot shallower than it would be on a tri bike. However, if the reach is fine, and you're comfy with your hip angle you should be good to go.

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and you can always add one of these to address this issue

https://www.bikepro.com.au/ProductDet...WARD-SEAT-POST
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A critical thing is to spend some time on the bars before the race. I used to train for road racing with clip-ons on the bike. TTs became my best performances.
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Originally Posted by BrokeCyclist View Post
and you can always add one of these to address this issue

https://www.bikepro.com.au/ProductDet...WARD-SEAT-POST
I just got one of those after I realized why my arms hurt, a dead on side shot of me showed when I'm on my aero bars I was barely on the seat (it didn't reach) so all my weight was on the front.

Worth every cent.
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Originally Posted by Plew View Post
In most cases Aero-bars on road bikes are fine.... however bike geometry and rider dimensions do have a fairly big role to play in this...

The main two issues with Aero bars on road bikes are over extending yourself to get onto your aero-bars, as well as the fact that since a road seat is set back more, when you go into aero your hip angle is going to be a lot shallower than it would be on a tri bike. However, if the reach is fine, and you're comfy with your hip angle you should be good to go.

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You can get a forward tilt seat post to keep from over extending if that's a problem.
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Originally Posted by artifice View Post
hi folks,
doing my first tri here this June - olympic distance.

I'm currently riding a trek 1600, nothing too fancy. I have considered getting aero bars (clip on set) and might be able to get some at a pretty good deal.

As its my first tri, I'm hesitant to dunk too much money into things until I really get into it- wanted to hear your thoughts on how much of a difference it could make.
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I'll give a +1 for the Profile Design T2+ bars mostly because you can actually adjust the fore/aft position of the elbow pads where alot of other designs have them fixed directly over the handlebars. This is helpful on a road bike since the top tube length is generally longer than a dedicated triathlon/TT bicycle.
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I have a pair of profiles on my roadbike. They're great but honestly took several good rides to get comfortable in them. I felt wobbly at first. Now it's fine. I just had a new pro fitting yesterday so I'll now have a more tri position and we'll see what kind of difference it makes. I'm not buying a new tri bike until after my wedding this summer so it's clip ons and my madone for the start of this season. :-)
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Old 04-21-09, 10:16 AM
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My triathlon coach has done 3 IM's with clip-ons and a modestly priced road bike.
He's never had a problem.
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