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When are aero bars worth it.(7 posts)

When are aero bars worth it.lotterypick
Aug 29, 2003 11:39 AM
I've got some older profile stryke aero bars and now my commute to work has gone from 15 miles to 23 miles (one way).

The 15 miler was sort of hilly so the aero bars wouldn't help, but the added 8 miles is all flat.

Just wondering if aero bars would be worth the extra weight.

Just to let you know, my goal is to arrive and get home as easily as possible meaning less effort. Thanks for your thoughts.
Time trialing from work to home!the bull
Aug 29, 2003 1:42 PM
I can see it now! You will get home 15.783 seconds faster!
Just tuck your tie in! The flapping of the tie would defeat the purpose of the aerobars in the first place.
Anything over 12 is worth it to me!!! j/k nmlotterypick
Aug 29, 2003 2:42 PM
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re: When are aero bars worth it.TheJoker
Aug 30, 2003 10:30 AM
if they're busy roads you wouldn't want to use them [well, i wouldn't]. but the added weight isn't going to kill you, so why not...
re: When are aero bars worth it.GixxerRick
Aug 30, 2003 11:52 PM
Aero bars for communting to work???? I wouldnt pick them up unless im trying to set a record pace (time trialing) to work.....
Yesbimini
Sep 2, 2003 12:25 PM
From what I have read the single most import thing you can do to your bike to improve speed is proper aero positioning of the rider on the bike. Aerobars are almost mandatory in achieving this. The weight disadvantage is miniscule compared to the aero advantage. The aero advantage is more important the faster you go. It also has the largest percentage effect on weaker riders!

When you mount them adjust them so you achieve your best aero position. This can be done by setting your bike on a trainer and putting a mirror in front of you. The goal is to make your body look as small as possible in the mirror.

It takes your body awhile to adapt to the bars and you will find yourself popping in and out of the areo position until it adapts.

Since you are not drafting other riders, the payoff of the aero position on speed is huge.

I agree with the tucking in the tie, having it flap in the breeze would ruin the whole effect.
NEVER-ride your bike-don't just point it-nmTheTank
Sep 3, 2003 3:58 AM