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Aero clip on road bike: positioning & model recommendations(10 posts)

Aero clip on road bike: positioning & model recommendationsStupidLight
Mar 17, 2003 6:44 AM
A swimmer/runner friend of mine just got a Specialized Allez Comp road bike, and wants to install a clip on to start training for triathlons.
Since he isn't the type who likes messing around with his gear, I want to put him in a position with road bars and STIs that will be comfortable for normal road riding & training and set up a clip-on basically as an alternate aero hand position.
Any recommendations on minimalist clip-ons that will still leave him the bar tops as a normal climbing/training position? Does anyone use an aero bar without the cup supports for the forearms?
Are there any rules of thumb for altering bar height and saddle position to accommodate the clip?
As a climber & MTBer who's never devoted much thought or energy to aerodynamics I'd appreciate any words of wisdom you triathletes & TT riders have to share.
Maybe these:rightsaidfred
Mar 17, 2003 6:56 AM

I've never used them, but they may be what you are describing.
Arm width on profile jammers? Pad placement/removal?StupidLight
Mar 17, 2003 9:12 AM
The light weight (sub 300g) and removable pads on this unit make it an attractive option on paper.
Anyone out there actually use these bars? How far can you move those strap-on pads inward? Comfort limitations?
Anyone using these bars with a normal road or "slam" TT position?
re: Aero clip on road bike: positioning & model recommendationscyclopathic
Mar 17, 2003 7:03 AM
check this site
There're many articles on aerofit check esp Big Slam it is similar to normal road position. With respect to aerobars I use Airstryke 2k. Flip up armrest and reach adjustment make them easy to fit and convenient for all around riding/long rides; not ness for 1hr TT.

be the bike
second airstryke recommendation nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 17, 2003 8:28 AM
$37.95 for Profile Airstrykehycobob
Mar 17, 2003 10:51 AM
I got an Airstryke 2000 ant the other day for $37.95...thats $62 off the other dealers prices. They aren't the first mane in cycling retailers, but who cares? They're 70 grams heavier than the Carbon Strykes; so when you fill up your bottle, leave out 3 ounces and you'll never feel it.
wow, that's a really great deal! good bargain shopping! nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 17, 2003 11:23 AM
airstryke arm rests - in the way when not in use?StupidLight
Mar 17, 2003 1:38 PM
Since these bars will be permanently mounted on my pal's only ride, (he's the fire and forget type) do you think the retractable arm rests on the airstryke are really a more practical decision than the removable pads on the Jammer?
Most of his training rides are going done from the bar tops & hoods due to the fateful combination of hills, windy roads, and nasty local traffic, so I'd say he'll be riding in the aero position less than 20% of the time.

Maybe it's just the photographic perspective, but it looks like the retracted arm rests would smack you in the face if you tried to get down in the drops.

I'd rate his priorities for a clip-on as: 1) practicality, 2) comfort, 3) performance.
nope, no problems. nmJS Haiku Shop
Mar 17, 2003 1:47 PM
I like my c2's.hrv
Mar 17, 2003 8:25 AM
The Syntace c2 ultralite works great for me:

Haven't tried many others except some older Scott's but the c2's are extremely comfortable. Postioned with the pads against the stem allows room for hands on the bars. The lighter weight was key for me since anything heavier seemed to affect my steering alot more. Very easy to steer with these in the aero position, even in strong winds.

Not totally sure but I suspect that having the armpads postioned rearward of the bars makes for a more comfortable ride.

Had a 12.5 mi TT a month ago and have 2 20 mi. TT's coming up and
will be putting the c2's back on real soon -- can't wait!

good luck,