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2013-07-25 5:27 AM


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Subject: Aero bars on a road bike?
Hey all! Wanted opinions on putting aero bars on a road bike. I have a fairly inexpensive Carema Pro and plan to use it until I'm fast enough to say I actually deserve a nicer, more expensive bike (haha). To cut on resistance, I'd like to put aero bars on it and I hear some say that's a great idea. Others say don't do it on a road bike because the angle is different than a tri bike so it'll be difficult to balance. And of course my breaks are on the drop bars...has anyone put aero bars on their road bike and been okay? Would you recommend it?

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2013-07-25 6:19 AM
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Subject: RE: Aero bars on a road bike?
it's perfectly fine. I run shorty bars on my road bike in sprint races all the time.

2013-07-25 6:52 AM
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It's a great way to get better performance while staying within a budget.
2013-07-25 7:48 AM
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Subject: RE: Aero bars on a road bike?
Although I haven't raced a triathlon on a road bike in several years and ride a tribike for racing, my road bike usually has aerobars installed as I work with youth and junior athletes who race in draft legal events.

The key is to ensure you have a good road position, that is comfortable in both the hoods and drops, then add a set of shorty (draft legal) aerobars as an additional position instead of trying to make a road bike into a tribike.

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2013-07-25 1:43 PM
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As usual, Shane got it perfectly right!
2013-07-25 3:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Aero bars on a road bike?
I'm more comfortable overall on the aerobars than I am in the drops or on the hoods, personally (I ride a Scott CR1 w/Profile Design T2). I do regret that the aerobars take a hand position or two away on the tops because the pads are there. But I'm able to shift gears from aero, no prob. You have to learn to anticipate the situations when you need to brake though to give yourself a second to get your hands where they need to be.


2013-07-26 5:54 PM
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Subject: RE: Aero bars on a road bike?
I use the Forte T2 bolt-ons and they've done me fine so far. Only one sprint race on them, but for training they're fine and quite comfortable.
2013-07-28 8:52 AM
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Subject: RE: Aero bars on a road bike?
I agree with everyone that recommends shorty bars. A good set of shorties that I really like are Vision Tech Mini Bars.
2013-07-29 5:45 PM
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Subject: RE: Aero bars on a road bike?
I knew there was a reason I asked y'all thanks so much for the advice!
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