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How much of a advantage does the aerodynamics give ?(4 posts)

How much of a advantage does the aerodynamics give ?scary4u
Mar 10, 2001 4:30 PM
I have just started riding on the road at the end of last year. But there was one thing that puzzled me. I saw some of the rider go from the straight up position to the aerodynamic position on the bike. I was wondering if the aerodynamic position gives you a advantage on the bike as you are heading into a head wind? And what other advantages are there to the aerodynamic position? I have tried it by myself ,but still don't understand the position. Considering that this will be my first complete year as a recreational cyclist. Need some advice please.
Go to your aero bar & watch your speedo.TNC
Mar 10, 2001 4:53 PM
An aero position means alot. The rider is the biggest and dirtiest part of the aerodynamic package, so if you minimize the rider, you get a benefit. Whether it's an aero bar or deep on the drops, you improve your aerodynamics. You usually get 1-2 MPH going to the aero bar with all things being equal. An aero bar position also gives lots of riders a slightly different muscle group coming into play. The basic idea is just to minimize the frontal area of a rider to slide through the air more efficiently. It works.
A lot...Mudbug
Mar 10, 2001 6:08 PM
No matter your size; think of your chest as a sail on a boat. When you're pedeling while in an aero position or tuck, you present a much smaller area than when riding upright. If you are brave try standing in the back of a pickup or on a trailer going 15-20mph, then in a tuck position and judge for yourself the aerodynamic benefits. But beware the trap of over-using aero-bars. You need the strength from pushing (not passing) wind too. And while using aero-bars your chest is compressed, not allowing for full expansion of your lungs, IE low O2 in your blood. But I do use then for really long rides, 100+.
A lot...Akirasho
Mar 10, 2001 10:01 PM
http://www.princeton.edu/~asmits/Bicycle_web/bicycle_aero.html
http://home.hia.no/~stephens/aero.htm
http://www.damonrinard.com/aero/
http://www.bicyclesports.com/technical/index.html

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