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Tri-Bars for longer rides(9 posts)

Tri-Bars for longer ridesPatM
Sep 13, 2001 8:00 AM
This topic has been posted before but here goes. How many of you use tri-bars on centuries and longer rides, if so which ones ? I was looking at the profile-design clip-on century bars, if anyone uses them how close together are the brackets - I have a light and computer and curious as to how much room they take up. Since I am also going to use the same bike for attempting racing how easy are they to take off ?
Thanks in advance
re: Tri-Bars for longer ridesChrisVedral
Sep 13, 2001 8:38 AM
I use aerobars for longer rides because they let my arm relax and u dont have to support yourself like you would have to on the hoods or drops. I use the Profile Century bars they are perfect for me, u can get a little mount that goes in teh middle of the aero bars to put your computer on. I highly recommend getting some.

Christofferson Vedral III
re: Tri-Bars for longer ridesPatM
Sep 13, 2001 8:45 AM
How close are the clamps to the stem ? If I race in a crit I can't use tri-bars and want to be able to take them off and put them back on with as little problem as possible.
tried, didn't like...MrCelloBoy
Sep 13, 2001 8:48 AM
I tried some low end Profile bars once in training for, and during the Davis Double. I did notice that it increased my speed by a few mph when cruising, but I wasn't comfortable for more than a few minutes at a time. To really utilize the TT position you need to position the seat differently. As most of the time I was in a normal riding position, it didd't work for me. It takes at least a few minutes to put on or remove these extensions.
re: Tri-Bars for longer ridesChen2
Sep 13, 2001 8:54 AM
I'll offer some comments. I've owned two different styles of Profile bars and have mounted other models on some of my friends bikes. Currently I'm using some 4 year old Profile Airstrikes with flip up arm pads and a computer mount on the bars. I really like to use these bars on longer rides or whenever I'm riding by myself, I would never use them while drafting behind another rider. I can consistently make at least one more mph while on the bars and find that they offer a restful optional position on long rides. They are essential for time trial competition.
With the "Profile" brand I have had several problems with the mounting screws. Some of the screw holes were not tapped deep enough for the screws resulting in the screws bottoming out and binding or cross threading before the clamps could tighten on the bar. This falls in the area of poor quality control. The cure is to tap the holes deeper or at least clean out the threads with a tap before attempting to mount the bars. One of my friends over-torqued a screw and I had to drill it out and then re-tap the hole. Since the whole assembly is made of light weight aluminum it is very easy to ruin the screws or threaded mounting holes. I know that Profile has changed their mounting system since I bought my last set of bars so this may no longer be a problem. My bars are too heavy and I'm now shopping for a lighter set-up, but I still like to use what I've got and have never taken them off of the bike.
Aerobars for longer rides. Problems with Profile products?Tig
Sep 13, 2001 9:25 AM
I love 'em for longer solo rides, especially flat centuries. Others have said you can gain 1 MPH with them. You can gain even more when facing a head wind. I think they can be very comfortable once you get them dialed in. Don't slap them on a few days before a century. Use them a little longer to get all the adjustments right.

Profile has had an above average quality control problem so I'll shy away from their bars. I don't currently have any aerobars but I'm considering the Syntace C2 Clip Ultralite Aero Bar. It is lighter than most or all of the Profiles and doesn't cost as much. These bars can be mounted very close to your stem which can prevent having to cut away the bar tape on the top bar. I think I saw a special computer mount from Performance that lets you relocate your computer onto the aerobars. I'll post a picture of it if I find it.

If anyone has had problems with these, please let me know before I purchase them!
Syntace C2 Computer MountTig
Sep 13, 2001 9:31 AM
The C2 bars have a pre-drilled attachment point for this computer mount. It runs about $10.
re: Tri-Bars for longer ridesSpiritual Haiku
Sep 13, 2001 9:39 AM
installed an older profile century with spring-loaded armrests friday night (late) before the saturday double metric (125mi) last weekend. i'd used the century before, but without the spring-loaded rests, and on another bike.

without a computer mount, i (re) installe the computer sideways on the bars and viewed it during the ride slanted at a 45deg right angle, which did not phase me at all.

the aero bars were not incredibly, but were somewhat helpful, in that they provided a rest for my wrists and several different hand positions during the ride. however, i plan to use them going forward, and will likely LEAVE them on the bike. it took about 25 minutes to get them on them installed and tweaked, and another 5-10 to get the computer moved in a manner that made me semi-happy.

though this is not techncially specific, the profile century i'm using mounts to the bars about an inch and a half to either side of the stem. now, this may vary with newer models, the width of my stem, etc.--but, i wouldn't want to have the century AND a light AND a computer mounted on the bars at the same time.

good luck.
I don't, but.......Len J
Sep 13, 2001 3:24 PM
am really interested in the minimalist bars that the riders used in the Mountain TT in the TDF. I haven't found them in stores yet. Anyone know anything about these?