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are aerobars ok to use in an organized century?(12 posts)

are aerobars ok to use in an organized century?nuggets
Apr 19, 2002 11:24 AM
Or do I need to remove them, I know not to use them when among a group, but I figure at some point I will be out of the group and they would be nice to have for the different positions.

Thanks :)
re: are aerobars ok to use in an organized century?eschelon
Apr 19, 2002 11:28 AM
I have no problems with people who have them on their bikes even in a group long as that person is behind me the whole time.
behind is a bad place to be, imo.SteveO
Apr 19, 2002 11:37 AM
problem with aerobars is lack of brakes/control. Being in front, If i need to stop suddenly, or if i go down, i'd be unavoidable to the dude behind me with aeros.

Id much rather the dude with the aeros be in front (if at all). No impact to me that way.
re: yescyclopathic
Apr 19, 2002 11:48 AM
they're good to pull paceline or riding solo and there're no restrictions on use in centuries, brevets or any ultra events. Endurance riders are o'k with aerobars, just be careful around people who expressed opinion above ;)
Pacelining with aerobarsUncle Tim
Apr 19, 2002 11:54 AM
What is the best way to deal with informing new riders who want to get onto the aerobars when riding in a paceline?

I ask this because I witnessed a new rider to our group who was in the paceline on the aerobars. I get very anxious when I see a rider doing this as the hands are just too far away from the brakes to be safe.

Of course, not wanting to risk offending the rider and perhaps mistakenly sending a message that he/she is not welcome to ride with us, I kept my mouth shut.
Leading the Paceline = Ok. Otherwise not ok.Gregory Taylor
Apr 19, 2002 11:58 AM
The group that I ride with doesn't mind folks using aero bars if they are pulling the paceline. Once you come off the front, you untuck and assume a normal position.
Just be sure...heloise
Apr 19, 2002 4:47 PM
that you are really as straight/smooth in those aerobars as you think you are before pulling.
It's annoying to be on the wheel of someone who is not holding a straight line.
Ask a trusted/honest cycling bud to check your form.
when you start riding downhillscyclopathic
Apr 19, 2002 5:30 PM
on aerobars you'd better be or else.. there's no room for a mistake on 40mph downhill.
Apr 19, 2002 12:15 PM
Just tell them!

Start tactfully. Ride up next to the guy and say "We like to stay off the bars in a paceline." Drop back and that's it.

If they persist, start yelling at them. Who cares how they feel? If he can't follow the rules, he is unwelcome. It's not his decision to make when he puts others at risk.
Apr 19, 2002 11:55 AM
There is nothing special about an organized century that wouldn't also apply to a group ride.

The only real rule is don't use them in a paceline unless you are on the front.

Also, this would seem to be common sense, but don't climb with them. Once I saw an idiot climbing Monitor Pass on his aerobars. He was on an 8% section and weaving like crazy. The bars certainly weren't making him any faster. I took a wide path around him.
Just say "No!"Pygme
Apr 21, 2002 9:29 AM
If you even THINK you are going to put on your bike, stay out of our paceline, stay away from our group, dont even meet us for coffee after the ride.

Even if you are leading paceline, it is too dangerous. Pointing out hazards is impossible. Weaving is increased. Wind from a passing truck makes you a hazard to everyone in the paceline.

If you show up at our ride with them on, we will tell you right of the bat dont use them today and the next time if you show up with them, you better be prepared to ride by yourself.
I agree w/ Pygme, save them for solo efforts. . .js5280
Apr 21, 2002 11:05 AM
Just did the Ride for the Roses w/ aerobars and I would not recommend them in any type of congested riding (other cyclists or traffic) or in a pace line. As Pymgme pointed out, even at the front of pace line you're responsible for pointing out debris for everyone's safety so just stay off of them. It's too risky and it's not like you're racing for prize money so there's not real reason to take that risk. I used them when solo or people where far enough away that I didn't pose a risk to them in the event of a crash. I think it's okay to use them as an alternate position to rest wrists and shoulders, not a performance enhancement in a group of riders.