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Do aerobars help w/comfort?(3 posts)

Do aerobars help w/comfort?dealy663
Jan 16, 2002 4:22 PM
Hi,

I do most of my commute to work along the beach, and there is frequently a head wind in one direction or the other (and occasionally it there will be a head wind both coming and going). So I was thinking about an aerobar, then I ruled it out cause riding to work is training and the extra effort should help in the long run.

But vacillating once again I'm asking if having these bars could add to my comfort when running along the bike path (which is virtually empty at the times I ride to and from work)?

I was thinking of the Syntace C2 clip ons. How hard are they to clip on and off? I've just returned to road bikes after over a decade off, and now have a beautiful new red machine. But am still sorta clueless about things like this.

Thoughts?

Derek
They canKerry Irons
Jan 16, 2002 4:48 PM
If the bars are set high enough, then they can offer a fairly comfortable position, or at least alternative position to riding on regular bars. You don't say how long your commute is, so this may not really be an issue. If you have the bars set for a significant aero advantage (you did mention a head wind) then you likely will have to get used to riding in that position, directly implying less comfort until you adapt. No one I know can ride as straight a line while on the bars as when they are riding normal handlebars, so take that into consideration when contemplating riding a narrow bike path. I see two reasons for aero bars: 1) speed in time trial events and 2) another position in really long rides (to take the strain off your hands and wrists). I'm not sure they really make sense for a commute, particularly when you say it is a training run too.
re: Do aerobars help w/comfort?JimP
Jan 17, 2002 6:56 AM
I second the comments of Kerry Irons. Additionally, the Syntace bars will take up some bar-top real estate. If you ride with your hands close together on the bar-tops, the Syntace bars will be in the way. Currently, only Profile makes a bar with flip-up armrests. These still take up some space but you can put your hands on the bar-tops.