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Poll: Do you use aerobars on your rides?(15 posts)

Poll: Do you use aerobars on your rides?PODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 1, 2003 4:41 PM
Just a poll to see how many people use aerobars.

Myself personally I don't. A lot of my long rides are in a group which rules out using aerobars and then the rides on my own I am doing for intensity not distance so the aerobars wouldn't do anything except hurt my boys.

Only when I look down,Ken of Fresno
Feb 1, 2003 4:52 PM
and only when I am riding my Quintana Roo.
re: Poll: Do you use aerobars on your rides?TREKY
Feb 1, 2003 6:33 PM
No I'm non competitive and don't see the need or advantage to them for my style of rideing.I also think that they don't look right on a road bike..They have their place on a tri bike though.
I've gone tri geek since last summer, so yesempacher6seat
Feb 1, 2003 7:23 PM
And I use my ride for commuting and running errands when weather permits, and suprisingly the aerobars do a good job of holding a bag or groceries! :)
re: Poll: Do you use aerobars on your rides?Raven1911
Feb 1, 2003 8:42 PM
I don't use them either. None of the guys I ride with do as well. I usually to a team time trial and was considering using them last year but hear there is a learning curve so I didn't use them. Maybe I'll try them this year.

re: Poll: Do you use aerobars on your rides?CFBlue
Feb 1, 2003 9:13 PM
Yes, I put them on my Y-foil for two reasons, the most important one being the ability to carry more water, the second was to deal with the prevailing winds during spring time. It was successful for both, but I have found I really use them a lot to strech my back as well as give my arms/wrists some relief. Never in a pace line or where brakes might be needed suddenly
Sure, all the time.Matno
Feb 1, 2003 9:47 PM
Most of my rides now are alone, so it's not an issue of bumping in a paceline. Got them mostly for long rides. They sure come in handy after the first 40 or 50 miles. Really takes a load off my back. Unfortunately, right now I have my shifters on them, which means I can't take them off, but I'm saving my pennies and looking for a deal on some STI's (most likely 105's)...
No. nmSpunout
Feb 2, 2003 4:47 AM
No: aerobars evil plot to suck the fun out of cyclingDaveG
Feb 2, 2003 5:18 AM
I know many swear by them, and they certainly improve your speed, but grinding out mile after mile craned over the front wheel staring at your tire isn't where its at for me. Mine have been gathering dust in my misfit parts bin since '94.
Only good for time trialing, otherwise they suck! (nm)Breakfast
Feb 2, 2003 7:41 AM
Always, unless in a group ride, but I mostly ride soloMGS
Feb 2, 2003 10:06 AM
I put them on my bike last year, Syntace, and ride centuries without a bit of back or neck pain. It gives me one more position to feel comfortable in during the ride. I probably stay in them about 40% of the time.

I definitely ride faster, more aerodynamic, and more comfortably.

If you hate them, don't use them. They have a purpose and anyone who rides Tri swears by them.

It does require a change to your bike setup to make the transition, but it is worth the hassle.
always.. for good reasons.Carbon fiber fanatik
Feb 2, 2003 10:58 AM
Due to a nasty arm and shoulder injury which gave me a limited range of motion in my left arm, I swear by them. They allow me to go any distance I want in relative comfort. Normal road bars cause a great imbalance between my two arms, which caused to many woes on the road. Recent modifications to my profile carbon-x bars allow me to ride in a group when necessary because I've fitted them with standard Dura Ace STI units.
Feb 2, 2003 1:19 PM
but I'm a noob triathlete using an aero-modded road bike. I don't use them during group rides, for safety reasons, unless I'm leading.
If I'm wheel sucking, I use mine to spear the rider in front...curtybirdychopper
Feb 3, 2003 3:12 PM
My syntace geekbars are not connected in front like some, so when the rider in front of me is not pulling fast enough I'll spear them once or twice in the back sorta like bull horns pointed forward. It usually gets them to pick up the pace a little so I can go back to my aero position, staring at my front wheel. I used them on my way to work this morning, but unfortunately i had no one to spear.
Feb 3, 2003 4:46 PM
Only for rides over 150 miles, time trials, or training for either. Never with the racer dudes.