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Advice concerning clip-on aero bars(3 posts)

Advice concerning clip-on aero barsAndy
May 28, 2001 9:36 PM
In the next week I will be purchasing some clip-on style aero bars for time trialing. I don't know anything about the quality or popularity of the various brands. Anybody have any comments, tips or warnings about the different models?
re: Advice concerning clip-on aero barsCurtis
May 29, 2001 10:41 AM
I tried the Syntace aerobars a few years ago. They are highly rated on this site. Unfortunately, I gave them up after just a few weeks. I found that the classic road bike geometry is not conducive to use of aerobars. Tri/TT bikes have much more upright seat tube, which allows you to ride much more comfortably in the tuck. I felt too "bent over" on my road bike and it compromised not only my comfort, but also my breathing.

This may not be so for you. Ask your LBS if you can try them first.
profile century bars are nice, but i found i didn't use them...Haiku d'état
May 29, 2001 11:36 AM
so, there went $50+ down the tubes (but i got it back...thanks, ebay!!!). make sure you want/will use/bike has the geometry for aero bars.

were i to do it again, i'd either get the syntace (where it's a 2-piece deal) or the cinelli spinachi-type (with pads). probably the latter. i've done a century without 'em, and have done some long* rides recently (*50-70 milers) without wanting for anything more than my handlebars.

good luck!