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Good, inexpensive pursuit bars.(2 posts)

Good, inexpensive pursuit bars.Alex-in-Evanston
Dec 5, 2001 9:48 AM
I'm looking for an integrated cowhorn/aero and pad setup for pursuits. I've got an open faced stem on the track bike, so switching is not a problem. Cost is a concern.

Also, if anybody would like to describe the pros and cons of aero bars for a kilo, I'm all ears.

Thanks and regards,

Alex
re: Good, inexpensive pursuit bars.brider
Dec 5, 2001 11:01 AM
First off, aero set-ups are a trade off of power and aerodynamics. The Kilo is definitely a power event (strength endurance). If you can maintain power in the aero tuck, then go for it. Are you set on an integrated system? They're going to be expensive any way you go. I'd recommend going with a clip-on and cowhorn set-up, but ADD THE STEM. Avoiding the pain of setting up the centering and angle of the bars is well worth the extra cost of the stem, as it's much faster and easier to just swap out the stem as well (mark the height on the stems for easy set-up). Look for a set of clip ons on Ebay or some old ones at the LBS. For cowhorns, you may be able to get away with using an old drop bar, turned upside down and trimmed to the appropriate configuration. For new cowhorns, you're into $60+ for something like Profile Airwings. Syntace may be cheaper (I didn't look). Don't go narrow with the cowhorns, as you'll likely lose power on your start.