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aero bars?soulsurfer104
Sep 3, 2003 5:51 PM
i ride 30-miles 2 times during the week and 50 miles every weekend, and it often gets quite windy. should i get some aero bars? i don't want to spend a ton but i don't want anything obscenely heavy or flexy. suggestions?
re: aero bars?Solky
Sep 3, 2003 6:20 PM
I have Profile airstrykes that are extremely comfortable and allow a nice aerodynamic position that cuts-down air resistance, especially riding solo into the wind. But ... probably on the heavier side.

I have seen Cinelli Spinacissimi Aero Bars advertised, which are high-impact polypropylene in a ergonomic shape. These weigh only 210g, but may not be as stiff as the aluminum profile types. Does anyone have any experience with these Spinacissimi Aero Bars?
re: spinacissimi & airstrykeJS Haiku Shop
Sep 4, 2003 6:35 AM
don't have the cinelli, but do have a generic version (performance or nashbar). these don't have forearm pads on the handlebar portion; you're resting the forearms on the handlebar or bar tape, which is not as comfy, and also presents a slightly lower aero position. FWIW.

I have an older pair of profile airstryke bars (the ones with the spring-loaded flip-up armrests), and highly recommend them. they weigh about 1 pound, are widely adjustable, and can be had for a bargain on ebay.

as far as use them vs. don't use them, there's only one way to find out for sure. if you don't like them, either re-sell them on ebay, or put 'em away for another day when you have a use.
re: aero bars?slbenz
Sep 6, 2003 8:10 PM
Solky,

I have been riding with the Spinacissimi's for the last two years and really like them. They are stiff but not quite as stiff as aluminum aerobars. Surprisingly, they are designed to help you stay in an aero position climbing a moderate grade. Weight is not nearly as advertised. Mine weigh 260 grams and not 210 grams. Still it is lighter than any other aerobar out there. I get many positive comments for my local bike club colleagues on it's looks. Hope this information helps.
Look at the VisonTech TT Aero Bars...DIRT BOY
Sep 4, 2003 1:30 AM
Not too heavy at 455g and under $100

DIRT BOY

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visiontech problemDougSloan
Sep 4, 2003 7:07 AM
I have two sets of the VisionTech clip ons, as well as about 6 other kinds (tried lots to find "perfect" ones). I like the shape and feel of the VT, but they have a completely smooth inside to the clamp, and I cannot keep them from slipping, short of clamping down so hard I fear I'll crush the handlebars. I've tried a little double sided tape in side, but that didn't work.

Doug
re: aero bars?closet roadie
Sep 6, 2003 8:15 PM
I have a pair of Profile Design Century's that cost about $60. They weigh about 450gms and are sized to fit well on bikes with road geometry. They don't slip and offer quite a bit of adjustability. I don't have the model with the flip-up armwrests, but have them set up so I can still use my tops if I want to. They make a big difference when riding alone into headwinds and offer another hand position, which really helps if your wrists bother you on longer rides. They do add a bit of squirreliness to the front of the bike (even when you're not in them) but you'll get used to it. I leave them on all the time; it's just less trouble.
re: aero bars?EdSned
Sep 9, 2003 4:23 AM
FWIW, I can highly recommend the old-style Cinelli Spinaci bars. With the new composite ones around now, the old Aluminium ones can be picked up really cheaply. My preference over full aero bars is that they don't clutter the handlebars as much, leaving more hand space for climbing etc. They're also v light. They come with small neoprene pads you put under your bar tape to give a bit of cushioning. Key is also to angle them quite flat or even down a bit, then most of your weight is on your hands, not on your forearms. Having spent far too much money over the years on getting my bike sub-18lbs, this single piece of equipment for about 30 bucks has made a far bigger difference to my average speeds and cycling enjoyment.