Talkback: Cheat The Wind: Five Aerobar Tips

if you have aerobars fitted to a road bike should you remove them if taking part in a sportive or group road ride?

Would it be acceptable to keep them on the bike but just not use them??

I can't be bothered with taking them off and then setting them up again every time if I don't have to, and I can't afford two bikes!

Your opinions/expertise would be much appreciated.

Comments

  • Fine to keep them on but as you say don't use them.

    Unless you are on your own.
  • Mine never come off the bike........image
  • Mine make a pretty good clothes airer   image
  • great for holding your helmet.
  • Meldy or the aero bars? image
  • In the last 2 sportives I have done I have left them on and used them as much as possible, but I was on my own and they weren't exactly races. As my long rides are few and far between I thought they were a good excuse to get a few hours on the bars
  • hairier half wrote (see)
    Meldy or the aero bars? image

    You'll keep til Sunday
  • I'm saving myself for you image
  • Is it really not acceptable to use them in sportives?  If not, why not? If it's not a race, why do other people care what you do?

    Have enetered a couple of long ones before IMR this year and was planning on doing as much "race-day" prep as possible meaning being on the aeros if I can.

  • Mandel wrote (see)

    Is it really not acceptable to use them in sportives?  If not, why not? If it's not a race, why do other people care what you do?

    Have enetered a couple of long ones before IMR this year and was planning on doing as much "race-day" prep as possible meaning being on the aeros if I can.
    Exactly my thinking Mandel - The same people who probably care are the ones who probably dont stop for cake breaks just so that they can get a quicker time in comparison to other riders
  • It's fine to use aerobars in a sportive unless you're riding close to other people (or the rules forbid it).  If you're riding in a group you need more control of your bike so for safety you shouldn't use the bars.
  • That makes more sense.  Especially as I am still a little bit of a muppet when I am on them... 

    I thought the argument was people would get angry you were trying to go faster than them when the point of a sportive wasn't who could go the fastest.

  • Yeah it's just a safety thing - to be honest I'd take them off unless you plan on riding a lot of it solo and are bothered what time you do - it's a 5 minute job and most aerobars mean you can't ride on the tops which is useful for climbing.  

    Don't agree with that advice in one of the other points to position your pads as wide as your hips - Chris Boardman reckons that closing your elbows up does nothing to your breathing and if it's good enough for him it's good enough for me - for me narrower feels better and chances are it's faster.   

  • I think someone has done some wind tunnel work on the best position for your pads and they found that it depends on how big you are.  If you've got a broad chest then you want the pads wide so the air funnels between your arms and round your body.  If you've got a narrower chest it's better to have the pads narrow so the air flows round your arms and body.

  • hairier half wrote (see)
    I'm saving myself for you image
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  • ... really DItchy, he's all yours     image

  • lol oh dear..... image
  • DTB, Ultra Cake Pim.p wrote (see)
    hairier half wrote (see)
    I'm saving myself for you image
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    Aww, someone else will have you Ditchy!!!

    Probably.

    Possibly.......image

  • I come with free cake! image

  • Hmmm, possibly could have phrased that better lol!
  • DTB, Ultra Cake Pim.p wrote (see)

    I come with free cake! image

    Yes, you could definitely have phrased it better! image

    Then again, if we're talking Chocolate cake.........image
  • Do you think we're far enough off topic yet? image
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