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what are your favorite aerobars?(7 posts)

what are your favorite aerobars?Ravik
Jun 24, 2002 12:34 PM
I don't race, but have begun to consider soem tt.
I also have been having trouble with numbness in my left hand on long rides - it actually persists for several hours afterwards in the form of a loss of strength in my fingers!
So, I was hoping that adding aerobars would help.
Any thoughts/suggestions?
I don't have much experience, butMatno
Jun 24, 2002 1:36 PM
I love my Profile Airstryke2000s. They are relatively inexpensive (about $79, possibly available cheaper), not too heavy, and the elbow pads fold up when you're not using them to give you plenty of room to hang on to the top of the bar. However, if you're considering TT, you probably don't plan on using the top of the bar very much, in which case, it's kind of pointless (slightly heavier than the non-folding kind, and they rattle a bit on rough roads). I just added my shifters to the aerobars via a Profile SwiftShift and I like it. Makes for easy shifting on long rides.
Second the Profile AirStrykeJimP
Jun 24, 2002 2:17 PM
I have been using the Profile AirStryke for 3 years and like the fold-up armrests. I prefer to have the armrests close together so I placed the arm rest in the first hole, cut off the z-bracket, filed it smooth, and painted the cut off end with auto trim black paint. It gives me a little more room on the bar tops and looks like it came that way.
re: what are your favorite aerobars?bob_vanderhaus
Jun 24, 2002 3:38 PM
I am a big fan of the sytace bars, I currently use the streamliners on my TT setup and they are really solid, comfy, and pretty light. I would try and figure out the original problem before getting aerobars though. Make sure that you have good gloves and don't use a death grip when you ride. Make sure that you move your hands around and relax them when you can. Solve the original problem before using the work around, because for all around riding you will have to use all parts of the bars to ride comfortably.
thanks, Bob, I do make sure IRavik
Jun 24, 2002 5:57 PM
move my hands around, and I try to make sure I'm not strangling my bars ... I generally ride on the hoods but also make sure to sit up and stand as well to take pressure off the webbing of my hands.
That's why I'm so perplexed.
I haven't, however, tried new gloves. I'm wearing some with gel inserts, but, I'm wondering if they're just a little tight.
Got a glove suggestion?
thanks, Bob, I do make sure Ibob_vanderhaus
Jun 25, 2002 7:18 AM
I would just try and find some gloves that are snug but comfortable. I notice that during races my hands sometimes get sore because I keep my hands on the hoods for too long with too tight a grip. Make sure that your bike is really comfy in the drops as well. For me, the drops of a well fitted bike are the most comfortable place to have my hands. I could ride all day without any pain or pressure on my hands. If you have decent gloves and move your hands around a lot I would be suspicious of the overall bike fit.
aerobars, racing, & hand numbness...._rt_
Jun 25, 2002 6:16 AM
.i don't know what kind of racing you're planning on doing, but if it's road races or crits you can't use aerobars. the only racing that allows aerobars is time trials & triathalons.....just something to keep in mind in your search for aerobars.

re: numbness-- my uneducated guess would be that your bike is not set up quite right for you. if your bike is too big, or the top tube is too long, or you are otherwise too stretched out, you may be putting pressure on the ulnar nerve. this can also happen if you lock your elbows while you ride (which, in turn, could be due to the fact that you are too stretched out on your bike). if you are too stretched out on your bike then adding aerobars will definately not help since you will be too stretched out to use them comfortably.

how long is a long ride? and, when does the numbness start? what part of your hand is numb? if you are not currently wearing padded gloves, you should invest in some quickly! i would also suggest you consider having someone knowledgeable check out your position on your bike. for ~$40/hr (and it is unlikely you would need more than an hour) you can have a fit kit done.

.i did a 3 day ride a bunch of years ago on a bike that was too big for me and ended up with numbness in both my hands (but primarily in my right hand). the numbness stayed with me for 6 months & the doc i saw said i was lucky that i did not do permanent damage.

be careful with your hands. you may need them sometime in the future! ;-}