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aero bars... personal experience.....(11 posts)

aero bars... personal experience.....mixinbeatz
Feb 11, 2002 3:20 PM
Ok.... here is the deal... I have a time trial coming up in a couple weeks that I have not really trained for. I went out this weekend, and did a simulated run, and was a lot faster than I had thought. With my speed being fairly competive it makes me want to consider picking up some aero bars. Will a couple weeks of practice, be enough time to make it worth while to pick some up. Or does it take much more time to become comfortable with the handling of the bike. I am pretty flexible and I don't think that the positioning would be too uncomfortable... any ideas would help.
Been there, tried that . . .morrison
Feb 11, 2002 3:41 PM
didn't work. But then, I'm not the most athletically gifted of fools. It takes me what seems like an inordinate amount of time to get accustomed to significant changes in equipment.

If I were you, I would stick with what I'm used to, and make the switch after the event.
re: aero bars... personal experience.....Lone Gunman
Feb 11, 2002 4:44 PM
It was MY experience that the positioning while using aero bars constricted my breathing and the aero effect was a wash because I struggled to breath properly and was hence slower. I think that was a setup issue that was not properly addressed in my case and the equipment did not have alot of adjustment.
re: aero bars... personal experience.....rtolle
Feb 11, 2002 5:04 PM
I began using them a few weeks before a biatholon. I had no trouble getting used to them but make sure you practice leaning through turns etc. I practiced on nice, long straight roads...didn't really think about turns (stupid...I know). All was great until midway through the race when I leaned a bit to much into a turn and ended up sliding a cool 20 feet on the pavement. It is much easier to recover in the drops than on aero bars, I learned the hard way.
definetely go for itword
Feb 11, 2002 5:59 PM
A few years back I had the state TT championships coming up and I had no aerobars and had 100 bucks burning a hole in my pocket (those were the days) and decided to go for it. They came in the day before the race, and they felt great. I silvered in the race and have used them on every TTish race since. They took no time at all for me to get used to, and a few weeks is DEFINETELY enough time for you to get used to them. Just don't start to low or out, and you'll be fine. I actually find that the position generates more power for me, and I can go about a mile an hour faster than normal, if nothing else then just because of the mental aspect of "feeling fast." I say go for it.
re: aero bars... personal experience.....Woof the dog
Feb 11, 2002 6:33 PM
the longer you practice the better, but i think you should throw it down and get 'em. You will see a significant improvement in speed. Don't try turns on them though right away. take your arms/hands off one by one. YOu will get used to them very fast.

I noticed no breathing problems, but then again, I wear size small..


re: aero bars... personal experience.....Akirasho
Feb 11, 2002 8:32 PM
...with respect to time trials, aerobars can be like free speed... with respect to position... that's tougher...

One of the benefits of a true TT/Tri geometry bike is the seat tube angle... which being steeper than a traditional road bike's, opens the hip angle a bit as well as the chest (for breathing). This can be mimic'd on a road bike (with changes in saddle position (either on the rails or by use of a "set forward" seatpost)), but I'd be leary of trying any radical changes in your current position so close to race day... rather, something to work on as the season progresses.

I like the Profile Carbon Strykes myself...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
I'd say go for itcyclopathic
Feb 11, 2002 8:48 PM
they do make you faster on flats, esp against headwind.

No, you won't have time to change your position and get adjusted, and aerobars do restrict your breathing. Trick is to use shorter bars and set them upright. This is not the best aero position, but it is a good compromize btw aerodynamics and power output, works for me.

Of cause TT bike with aero frame and 650c wheels would be faster, no doubt
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Feb 11, 2002 8:56 PM

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re: aero bars... 2 weeks preparation.RayBan
Feb 12, 2002 12:53 PM
I think if you have a couple of weeks to adjust to the new position you should be OK. The tendency (when using aerobars is to sit forward on the saddle with a lower stem height. I would suggest putting them on as soon as possible and spending time on them.
Most definitely get some.jw25
Feb 12, 2002 12:57 PM
Beg, borrow, or buy a pair; they will cut your time, and, if set up well, won't take long to get used to. I shaved about 2 minutes off a 10 mile practice TT with aerobars, and with the proper setup, you can breathe well and pedal strongly.
Chances are, someone you know has a set stashed, or maybe the LBS will let you try a pair, or give you a deal. You really don't need the latest and greatest, but adjustability is key. I use the Profile Spit Second myself, and really like the fact that you can set each side up individually. Of course, it takes longer, but being comfortable helps.
Do get some practice in, too. As others mentioned, turning is different, as is shifting (trust me, you'll understand and want bar-end shifters by the end of the TT).
Good luck.