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Who uses century bars/clip on aero bars for NON time trials?(18 posts)

Who uses century bars/clip on aero bars for NON time trials?Trevo
May 21, 2003 10:01 PM
Iam thinking about getting a pair for my GT when its built.
I know that people use these things on the training bikes sometimes, but whats the benefit? or loss to doing so?
What is century riding anyway?

Trevo Matin
Posers and Freds nmCrankYanker
May 21, 2003 11:24 PM
correction: posers, freds, and J (nm)JS Haiku Shop
May 22, 2003 5:43 AM
you can hardly call randonneurs and RAAM racers Poserscyclopathic
May 22, 2003 7:02 AM
but they all Freds, right?
proud FredsDougSloan
May 22, 2003 7:07 AM
exhibit 1:

bravo Seana, well saidcyclopathic
May 22, 2003 7:41 AM
of cause she can kick my ass any time
earlier this springDougSloan
May 22, 2003 7:56 AM
Earlier this spring I did a group ride up and back Carmel Valley Road with Seana and some other ultra guys. On the way back, we met up with some road racer types. They were doing the paceline thing, surging hard up the hills and lollygagging elsewhere. They would catch Seana, the draft for a while, passing near the tops of the climbs. When passed, she'd fall back about 10 yards and stay on here aerobars, never drafting. The group would wear out again, and she'd come blowing by as everyone else was standing out of the saddle, her just plodding away on here aerobars. I had to draft just to stay with the group. She is very fast. (and yes, she had her mp3 player, mirror, camelbak, and bibs outside the jersey, turning about 60 rpms in her 56 tooth ring)

thanksJS Haiku Shop
May 22, 2003 8:06 AM
thanks for the image. something to keep in mind.
i'm not using them on brevetsJS Haiku Shop
May 22, 2003 7:08 AM
but i'm still a fredly poser, mind you!
Freds have handlebar bags and no place to put them.dzrider
May 22, 2003 8:34 AM
I should know, I am one!
Posers and Freds nmmindgam3
May 22, 2003 10:09 AM
lol, whats a fred? - i'm obviously not quite down with all the road bike lingo yet....
Posers and Freds????Carbon fiber fanatik
May 22, 2003 5:26 PM
I dont respond to many of the "comments" on here because everyone has their own opinions.. but i cant help it with this one.. I cannot stand elitist and shallow minded people.. Hey? I'm legally handicapped due to almost losing an arm.. i use aero bars because they allow me to ride in comfort without my body fighting for balance/stamina between one bad shoulder and one arm with a large loss of range of motion.. wow.. yup.. i'm a poser..

Riding means more to me than simply being an elitist pig with an atitude. Oh yeah.. my bars are carbon-x that i adapted Dura-Ace STI levers to so that I can kick butt in a pack too..

It's just too bad that some people can't shut up long enough to see what cycling is really all about instead of injecting mindless banter..
There, i'm all done ranting for now...
aero bars on the average road bikemindgam3
May 22, 2003 3:17 AM
I was considering getting some aero bars for my trek 2300 when it comes through, I've riden a couple of bikes with aero bars on and it seems to be a lot more comfortable and more aero dynamic cruising in top gear say. Many other riders use them for this purpose rather than on a pure TT bike?
I have for years...Matno
May 22, 2003 5:11 AM
I have a set of Profile AirStryke 2000's on my road bike now. I often take them off for normal riding, but for long rides of over 100 miles (century = 100 miles) they are very nice because they give you an extra position for your hands. They take a lot of pressure off of your arms (okay, if your bike fits right, you shouldn't have much pressure on your handlebars, but even a little bit is very noticeable after 80 or 90 miles). Because the typical geometry of a road bike is more stretched out than a TT bike, it can be difficult to find a position that is completely comfortable on both the tops/hoods and the aerobars. You'll have to experiment a lot to figure out what works best for you.

Hope that helps.
if you're gonna use them, you need to train with themDougSloan
May 22, 2003 6:21 AM
Almost ALL ultra riders use them, and nearly all the time. If you intend to use them in events, it makes sense to train with them, too, for about a dozen reasons.

The benefit is faster speeds on shorter solo rides, and increased comfort, less fatigue, and more positions for longer rides (as well as faster).

You use different muscles on them vs. the hoods or drops, so you need to exercise those muscles in training. Handling is different, so get used to that, too.

Just don't use them in group rides and especially when training with road racers.

May 22, 2003 7:13 AM
they freak out when they see you touch 'em ;)
re: Who uses century bars/clip on aero bars for NON time trials?Bike Bum
May 22, 2003 7:47 AM
The other day I saw a SUV tooling down the road and on it's bike rack was a New Full Suspension Mtn Bike with Aero Bars.....

Aero bars: more useful than you thinkTrent in WA
May 22, 2003 8:54 AM
When we were riding around in Zeeland (the southwestern province of the Netherlands) last year, we noticed a bunch of people riding Dutch city bikes (DCB) with aerobars attached. Now, the typical DCB is a clunky, sit-up-and-beg bike designed with utility and stability, not speed, in mind: lots of them come standard with horkin' heavy rear racks and wide front racks, the better to carry your girlfriend, children, dog, and groceries home from the brown cafe when you're slightly tanked. And the Dutch are not particularly prone to ostentation, so we were perplexed.

Then we cycled about 60km from Middelburg to Zierikzee by way of the Delta Project bridge, and it all became horribly clear. The prevailing winds shifted during the course of the day so that, by the time we got off the bridge, we were riding our aerobarless rental DCBs into a ferocious headwind. The next pancake-flat 20km were the hardest I've ever ridden. We'd rented the "touring" style of DCB, so we had a good range of gearing. We needed it. I was in something like a 26 x 24 gear for the next two miserable hours, wishing we'd picked up some aerobars for our rent-a-moocows.

When we go over there next month, I'll be tempted to leave the handlebar bag at home, the better to fit some tri-bars on my trusty, 80-pounds-with-racks-and-camping-gear, touring bike. I might actually be able to keep up with the drunk, his family, and his dog that way.