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How do I setup my new aero bars?(5 posts)

How do I setup my new aero bars?chskin
Jul 16, 2002 12:29 PM

I am fairly new to triathlons and just picked up a pair of Profile Design Century ZB aero bars. I clipped them to my bike (Trek 2200) and my lower back started to complain. Question: what is the correct way to set up an aero bar on a road bike? Should I slide the seat forward? I realize that fit is very personal but I would like some tips to get me pointed in the right direction.

Thanks in advance.

re: How do I setup my new aero bars?brider
Jul 16, 2002 12:59 PM
Since you're adding these to a somewhat standard road position, you'll want to start with them pretty short (I believe they are length adjustable?). Some people like to have them tilted upward slightly, but start with them level and see how you like it. Sliding the seat forward can help if you don't have a lot of hip flexibility or have some *ahem* abdominal girth interfering with the legs motion. Also, you might try sliding the stem up (if you have a quill stem) or flipping the stem over to get some rise. As you gain more experience, you'll develop the specific flexibility and strength to power an aero position. You may find also that a more aggressive (forward) position is more to your liking, in which case I'd recommend going to a frame that is specifically built for that purpose, as modifying a road bike will compromise some the good handling characteristics.
to start...SteveO
Jul 17, 2002 3:59 AM
slide the seat forward (and up). otherwise youre (probably) too cinched at the waist.
upper arms should angle slightly forward of vertical. Otherwise, your back is (probably) straining for support).
start with the armpads about shoulder width apart. Too narrow and you'll affect breathing; too wide and you'll be defeating your aero advantage.

Fitting is highly individualized. Start here, but go to your local book-superstore and pick up a book on fitting for tri - there are a few good ones out there.
Here's some more info. . .js5280
Jul 17, 2002 8:15 PM
First is a article by Tri site, good stuff:

Here's my write up on putting on the aerobars for the first time:
RaiderMike "First ride on the aerobars. . ." 3/28/02 4:35pm
re: How do I setup my new aero bars?chskin
Jul 18, 2002 5:30 PM
Thanks everyone. Lot's of good info as always.