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aerobars for triathlon: shifters or no?(6 posts)

aerobars for triathlon: shifters or no?MaRider
Apr 24, 2003 4:04 PM
I want to try some triathlons this year. I am an avid runner who loves to ride, but I never use aerobars, since most of the time I ride on city roads and value safety and agility over a bit of extra speed that they bring.

How essential are aerobars for triathlons? If I decide to add aerobars, should I also move shifters to the aerobars, or can I use handlebar shifters with aerobars? Those of you who do use aerobars for triathlons, what percentage of time do you spend in aero position vs. basic handlebars position?
My $1 worth of info.........african
Apr 24, 2003 6:16 PM
When I started triathlons I had a road bike. I put aero bars on (syntace c2). Then I took the sti off and put the shifters on the aero bars and put a profile bar with those little black brakes on the cow horns.

After 4 years I am taking a break from triathlons and only riding.

Are aerobars essential for Triathlon, no but they do help.
The probelm comes if you only have one bike, then I would suggest putting on aerobars and keeping the shifters on the handlebars. In a triathlon you are in the aerobars all the time unless climing, braking or in a corner and you need some control.

If you don't like aerobars you can just take them off and you still have your old trusty road bike.

If you decide that triathlons are the thing to do then change the whole bike or get a triathlon specific bike.
I'll chip in another dollarSteve_0
Apr 25, 2003 3:28 AM
I agree; the bike is much more versatile with the shifters on the handlebar. Shifters on the aeros don't buy much more than a fraction of a second's worth of convenience.
re: aerobars for triathlon: shifters or no?JimP
Apr 24, 2003 6:30 PM
If you do decide to try the aerobars, make sure you train with them for several weeks before the triathlon. I used to stay on the aerobars except when climbing and the profile swiftshift kit allowed me to fine tune the gear while staying in an aero position. On the downside, the STI shifters are much better for climbing so you have to consider what type of terrain you will race in. Now I use the Profile AirStryke 2000 with the STI shifters on the normal bars.
re: aerobars for triathlon: shifters or no?dotkaye
Apr 25, 2003 9:05 AM
aerobars get you an instant 1-2mph speed improvement. I'd call them essential if you're racing.
STI with aerobars works fine, it's not a big deal. I moved shifters to the aerobars last season, after getting a second bike for road riding, and I have to say I really like it.
90% on the aerobars when racing, only get off them when climbing hard, descending fast (40mph +), or passing groups.
Apr 25, 2003 10:33 AM
Profile makes an adaptor that supposedly allows you to use both at the same time. Somehow, I think it would only work to use one or the other (seems like the one you're not using would have to be shifted to the smallest ring)

I recently switched from aerobar mounted shifters to STI's and I can honestly say that the STI's are easier to use for my riding. However, I switch off between riding the aerobars and the regular bars quite a bit. I'm no triathlete (although I once was, and wouldn't mind doing it again), but the aerobars certainly will make you go faster. If I were to race a lot (i.e. use the aerobars most of the time), I'd definitely consider putting the shifters back on the aerobars. If I were only doing an occasional triathlon and mostly riding city roads (which I do), STI's win. You can't ride the aerobars in traffic unless you have a deathwish (I know this from bad experience) or aerobar mounted brakes (and even that's iffy).