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Aero Bars and Climbing?(5 posts)

Aero Bars and Climbing?msbendle
Mar 31, 2003 2:56 PM

I am looking to add some aero bars to my bike for summer triathalons...I am wrestling between the profile style with the flip up pads and the syntace type with arm rest on the flat part of the bar, which seems to limit climbing positions?

Is it that big of a dela to loose the top of your bar?

never bothered meDougSloan
Mar 31, 2003 2:59 PM
If I climb on the tops, it's usually toward the outside, anyway.

In any event, the speed you gain on the flats more than makes up for the weight or inconvenience of the aerobars (unless you are group riding).

I would seriously consider the "flip ups"the bull
Mar 31, 2003 3:31 PM
I like to hold on to the top of the bar most of the time though!
But if your just doing a couple of triatalons you could get take them off when your just doing normal rides.I would also recomend gettting a lean forward type seatpost and extra seat set to a postion for the aro bars then you can swap that out for a time trial as well!Just mark your posts and change them out in a couple of seconds!
flip ups are really nice. . .js5280
Mar 31, 2003 5:43 PM
Taking aerobars on and off is a pain so having the flip ups makes it more versitle. We have plenty of climbing here in CO and even our Tri's will often have some decent climbs. Ditto on the forward seatpost/saddle so you can swap them quickly. Typically you want your seat a little higher and tilted downwards more if you're going to be in the aerobars for any length of time. Pain to reset your seat each time. I'm going to the second post/saddle for the first time this year.
re: Aero Bars and Climbing?JimP
Apr 1, 2003 3:04 PM
If you do decide to go with the Profile with the flip up armrests, you can install the armrests in the "inner" position and cut off a little of the z-bracket. That will give you a little more room on the bar-tops for your hands.