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Aero bars on fixed?Overhill
Aug 16, 2003 3:52 PM
First, a confession. I've been lingering in the background on this forum for nearly a year. Last winter I asked a question about new fixed gear bikes, but was soundly thrashed for not considering a conversion. Well, I'm now on my second conversion, and you were right--for me this was the way to go. I'm riding an early 80s Zullo---Italian, Columbus straight guage--a good old frame. Thanks!
Now the question: for the last 4 to 6 weeks I've been trying to ride a 10 mile time trial about every 10 days. Not anything organized, just me on a rolling course near my home. I've done these all on the fixed gear. I am trying to decide whether to put an old aero bar on the fixed bike for my next time trial. Will I be giving up too much control? Any of you do this? Thoughts or suggestions? My gear is 42-15 [also have a 17, but haven't used it yet]. Please don't ask my times, as they are slower than slow, but are improving a little. I really enjoy following your discussions.
Aug 18, 2003 3:55 AM
aerobars dont inherintly 'give up too much control', though they do take a short while to get used to. I wouldnt use them for the first time on your TT (being as you're probably pushing it to improve times). Give yourself a week to get used to the body position and steering before going all out on them.

You'll probably want to move the saddle forward and slightly up when you put the bars on, btw.

anyhooo....glad you went with the conversion.
Aug 20, 2003 10:36 AM
Your body position shouldn't be appreciaply different than your drops position, but your ARMS are a different story.
re: Aero bars on fixed?ChrisK
Aug 18, 2003 9:27 AM
I have aero bars on my Steamroller and have no problems with them. Gets even more hairy when trying to 'keep up' when going down hill. I find that it is more comfortable when not in the aero position as I found normal road bars uncomfortable with brake hoods to rest on