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aero barsnat_ct1
Apr 24, 2002 8:59 AM
when can you and when cant you use aero bars??? are there aerobars that you can ride all situations?
re: aero barsbrider
Apr 24, 2002 9:21 AM
Standard aerobars (full-on set-ups or clip-ons) are not allowed in mass-start races, only allowed in TTs (and pursuits on the track). There ARE some legal clip-on types, but they are not forward facing, and generally place the hands inside the drops (and away from the brakes levers), only making for a narrower hand position. They're of dubious value, and are just going to be dead weight on climbs.
re: aero barsbm
Apr 24, 2002 10:28 PM
i haven't done official races, but do ride a lot. just a comment, that the aero's are prertty comfortable for long rides. and if your training for endurance, comfort is a value.

as for official use, as 'brider' said, there mainly for TT and triathlons.
re: aero barsBil Bikie
Apr 28, 2002 2:58 PM
I'm uneasy when I'm in a tight group with a rider on his/her aeros. Before a club ride, an announcement should be made...STAY OFF THE AEROS! If aeros are ridden too much (especially in the spring) one never develops the arm, neck and sholder muscles needed for longer club road rides.
I think a lot of first time road bike riders went directly to the aero bars and never really adapted or learned how to ride drop bars.

Bil Boike