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Width of bars for track(3 posts)

Width of bars for trackPODIUMBOUNDdotCA
Feb 24, 2003 12:14 AM
Anyone know any general rules of thumbs for fitting bars? I know technically they should be about as wide as your should right at the point where your arm pivots.

I just got a new set of track bars that are 42 cm in width. The ones I've used in the past are 40 cm. How much of a difference would the wider width make? My guess is that at the expense of some aerodynamics it would add stability since I have more to torque on. Then in pack racing I'll lose maneuverability.

What events?micha
Feb 24, 2003 3:23 AM
For points racing and keirin, the 40s will allow you to elbow your way through a hole a little easier than the 42s would. Of course, this also means that an opponent can slip by you a bit easier, so stick your elbows out when you feel someone trying to come around.

If you're primarily doing pursuit and match sprints, use what fits best.

A good check is to ride head-on towards an observer, hands on the drops. The bars fit if the observer sees your arms vertical and parallel. Splayed out like an "A" means the bars are too wide. Pinched in like a "V" means the bars are too narrow. Good bar fit is the perfect compromise between ability to breathe and aerodynamics.

This is all 1970's advice, off the top of my head.
Narrow bar might...Raven1911
Feb 25, 2003 7:46 AM
Don't know if you thought of this but a narrower bar (40 cm) might comprimise your chest expansion for breathing too and could slow you down. I would go wider, maybe a 42 or 44 cm. Aerodynamics are not that important with track except for the kilo and such, unless you are doing those events I wouldn't worry about it.