Aerobars ... any tips on using them?

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    Jun 04, 2008 8:53 PM GMT
    I just put aerobars on my road bike yesterday. I tried riding it for the first time and it was difficult to get used to - I tend to wobble a couple times and I almost hit someone...

    Any suggestions on how to use them or a step-by-step process - or other things I need to know about them? icon_rolleyes.gif
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    Jun 04, 2008 11:54 PM GMT
    Until you get comfortable w/ them; go slow, its an aquard position and speed can get you in trouble. Also,
    I found it hard at first to shift gears, so just take it slow. Years ago, my father went flying over his bars and snapped a couple tendons in his wrist, be careful.
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    Jun 05, 2008 5:12 PM GMT
    aliasmrwin saidI just put aerobars on my road bike yesterday. I tried riding it for the first time and it was difficult to get used to - I tend to wobble a couple times and I almost hit someone...

    Any suggestions on how to use them or a step-by-step process - or other things I need to know about them? icon_rolleyes.gif


    Why aero bars? (if you don't mind me asking) Are you planning some tri-athalons or TTs?

    You have to get used to anticipating your shifting, but more so your braking!

    Your body will get unstable when you close in (your shoulders and arms) on your bars in the aero position. Practice, practice: It is something that will just come with more time in the saddle and miles. Practice riding no hands and see how stable you are, then slowly lower your body into the aero position, but don't hold the bars, keep your hands free. Your ride should be both comfortable and stable in this position. Also your bike becomes much more stable at speed too. But don't forget that aero bars really are best suited for low traffic, solo, mostly straight and flatish rides. Another thing, despite the padding and such on the aero bars, you really shouldn't be weighting the front end (ie supporting significant body weight on the bars and pads). You should be light in the saddle, with most of your weight on the pedals.

    Lots of roadies, ride in the sudo-aero position, with their forearms lightly resting on the bar tops (just on either side of the stem). I actually grab my cables (I ride Shim D/A) sometimes. You can get some serious sustained speed in this position. HOWEVER, as with aero bars, your hands are not near your brakes. So paceline riding, (unless you are on the front) or riding in even marginal traffic is a big no-no.

    HTH
    chris
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jun 05, 2008 5:57 PM GMT
    I usually eat them.
    161156_3DAeroMilkBar.jpg
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    Jun 05, 2008 9:21 PM GMT
    MikePhil saidI usually eat them.
    161156_3DAeroMilkBar.jpg


    Thanks MikePhil! This is the first time I've seen Aero Milk Bar. How was it taste like?
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    Jun 05, 2008 9:32 PM GMT
    Thanks flyboi250 and ChrisY for the suggestions.

    Yes, I am using it for my triathlon race this weekend.
    Cannot afford the tri-bike yet, currently I only have the road bike with straight handle. So... I decide to put the aerobars just to get more aero dynamic position.
    Didn't know that it would be hard to get used to it. icon_redface.gif

    I will practice more and probably will not use the aerobars for this weekend race but for the next one.
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    Jun 05, 2008 9:38 PM GMT
    It tastes like heaven icon_wink.gif