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#!@#%! Profile Airstrykes(6 posts)

#!@#%! Profile AirstrykesLD
May 12, 2003 8:55 PM
I took advantage of the $37 Sierra Trading Post deal on Airstrykes a couple months ago, and just got around to putting them on tonight. They are too narrow to fit around a stem and a computer bracket! (Flite Deck mounted directly over the stem). I only plan to mount them occasionally, for flatter rides and our local TT series this summer, so I'm not interested in remounting the computer on the aeros.

Is this normal? Am I missing an obvious solution here? Could I safely cut the bars into two pieces, plug the ends, and ride with them a bit farther apart?

re: #!@#%! Profile AirstrykesFixie-ated
May 13, 2003 4:25 AM
Yes, I have cut the bars for a number of people who don't want to have their elbows so close.

I would make two cuts so that you wind up with the center U section cut out and your aero bars end at the end of the final bend.

Get some bar ends and plug up the end of your bars. You will then have a set of Profile Split Second bars at a fraction of the price.
Rules #1 and #2MR_GRUMPY
May 13, 2003 5:56 AM
Rule #1 Always look and think very hard before you buy anything.
Rule #2 Every aerobar that I have ever had, didn't have room for a bike computer and the aerobar. I had to move the computer to a different spot.
Rule #2 can be brokenLC
May 14, 2003 10:30 PM
I took a wood dowel and taped it between the aero bars. Hardly weighs anything and lots of room for HRM and computer now. Wrap it in black tape and it looks pretty!
That does nothing for those who don't leave the aeros on...TFerguson
May 15, 2003 8:34 AM
I ride the same bike in TTs, Crits, and even stock night at the velodrome. Can't leave the bars on.
Missing something?Matno
May 16, 2003 7:17 AM
The Airstryke 2000's are flexible enough that you can spread them apart to make them fit unless you have a REALLY wide stem clamp. Mine fit just fine with my FliteDeck computer (wireless version) and also worked with my old Cateye Micro computer. I've had them set up with 4 or 5 different stems over the last couple of years, and it's never been a problem. Just tighten them on the side with the computer (as close to center as possible) then spread the other side until the whole thing is centered. It's always worked for me.

Personally, I like having the bars connected in the front (sometimes I actually have my hands all the way up there), but if you don't ride that way, go ahead and cut them. I've seen several of them like that.