Aero bars

AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
edited 29 June in Amateur race
Whats the accepted position on aero bars?

Ive used the same bar on all my bike for years, traditional round bar. Are aero bars an "incremental" improvement thats noticeable?

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  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    i have aero bars on my S3

    i have round bars on N1 - N6

    I can't really notice any difference save for psychological and bling.

    I'm sure the science says that they will 2 watts and 1.6mph more but I find you can do this yourself by feeling good because your bike looks cool.

    But they do look PRO, which is the main thing.

    #dowhatBoonendid
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • imposter2.0imposter2.0 Posts: 10,674
    The short answer is 'no'. If you don't win the race, it won't be because you didn't have aero bars...
  • AlejandrosdogAlejandrosdog Posts: 2,007
    this is what i was thinking. Look pro, weigh a bit more, no real world difference.

    Ill stick with what i know is comfy and works for me.
  • joe_totale-2joe_totale-2 Posts: 743
    edited 11 June
    IMO the main benefit of aero bars is I find them more comfy to hold on to when on the tops.
    Of course by sitting up and holding onto the tops I've completely negated any aero benefits.
  • MatthewfalleMatthewfalle Posts: 17,571
    this is what i was thinking. Look pro, weigh a bit more, no real world difference.

    Ill stick with what i know is comfy and works for me.

    comfort is worth more speed than any presumed benefits.

    one thing they are good for though is that "resting your arms on the tops while bombing along like the PROs do" thing

    #aaarrrrggghhhspeedwobble
    Postby team47b » Sun Jun 28, 2015 11:53 am

    De Sisti wrote:
    This is one of the silliest threads I've come across. :lol:

    Recognition at last Matthew, well done!, a justified honour :D
    smithy21 wrote:

    He's right you know.
  • LagrangeLagrange Posts: 652
    I like the taste of Aero bars - good for dunking too but prefers Bounty.
  • philbar72philbar72 Posts: 2,190
    got rounds on the climbing / general purpose bike, and got aero (alabarda) on the fast bike.

    no blooming difference.... :)
  • cruffcruff Posts: 1,368
    Imposter wrote:
    The short answer is 'no'. If you don't win the race, it won't be because you didn't have aero bars...
    That's true - they won't make the difference between you winning or losing a bunch sprint for instance. They DO, however, make an appreciable difference in comfort, and 'feel' (if that's the right word) faster. Got them on my S5 and they feel great when on the hoods or resting on the tops - but a better example is my Venge, which came with stock bars, but feels noticeably faster with the Aerofly bars on
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  • OnTheRopesOnTheRopes Posts: 460
    this is what i was thinking. Look pro, weigh a bit more, no real world difference.

    Ill stick with what i know is comfy and works for me.



    one thing they are good for though is that "resting your arms on the tops while bombing along like the PROs do" thing

    #aaarrrrggghhhspeedwobble

    I actually find the opposite. Without bar tape on the aero bit I find them too slippy to rest the arms on.
  • PeatPeat Posts: 1,301
    I was browsing through the responses and was baffled, but I was under the impression you meant 'TT bars' *what i call aero bars.

    Anyway, I listened to a podcast just yesterday where Team GB had developed some aero--profile bars but found they made next to censored all difference, but they put them on anyway so the other teams went off and wasted a few weeks developing their own too, which they did. :)
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