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Where can I find Aero bars(6 posts)

Where can I find Aero barsBry
Jul 18, 2001 2:06 PM
I am into half ironmans and I have one coming up, but no aero bars. I now nasbar has the centuries for 60, but will they effective for a 56 mile ride without killing me. Does anybody know of a website that has discounts. Or does anybody have some syntace or airstryke lying around that they want to sell at a resonable price. I appreicate anyone that can help. Thanks for your time.
Bryan at bjkuhlma@oakland.edu
re: Where can I find Aero barsBirddog
Jul 18, 2001 2:24 PM
Just shop around the major catalog sites and check Ebay. Don't wait too long however, you need to practice the aero position quite a bit to learn how to hold and maintain it. In a Half Ironman you'll drop 3 to 4 mins off your bike time with a good set.
Profile CenturiesDog
Jul 18, 2001 2:28 PM
I've ridden doubles on Profile Century (cheap) bars that were just fine. I'm using some Syntace bars now, but mostly because they are lighter. Comfort really wasn't the issue. I do like the Syntace pads a little better, though.

Almost all the stores carry them. Excel Sports does http://www.excelsports.com

Doug
http://www.bestwebbuys.com/bikes/coonass
Jul 18, 2001 3:36 PM
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I just started using a Profile Century barSTEELYeyed
Jul 18, 2001 6:41 PM
for some long distance touring,the position is comfortable but it stretches and uses some muscles that I wasn't used to. I'll probably experiment with some other styles,got mine from www.excelsports.com
beware of hand position limitationsHaiku d'état
Jul 19, 2001 6:21 AM
was using the profile century aerobars for a brief time last year, but found that the model in question had placing of the forearm pads in such a way that limited the space available for top of the handlebar hand position.

some of the other models have spring-tensioned pads that default to a nearly vertical position when not in use, so you have the option to place your hands on the tops of the handlebar for seated climbing and alternate positions.

other options are the profile "jammer" and cinelli "spinachi", which attach to the bars but don't have forearm pads (some "jammer" models do have an armrest that wraps the handlebars).

be sure your bike geometry and position while riding will accommodate aerobar use. take a look at how they're mounted on the bike, then assume that position for a few minutes while riding over a safe, flat, no-brainer section of your normal route--if this is comfortable, so be it. otherwise, that's why i did away with mine (and their big footprint on my handlebars).

good luck!!!