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Old 03-25-18, 12:21 PM
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What is a Road Bike Fit with Aerobars? Is it a thing? What is it? Who has done it? How good is it?
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Generally it is when you leave your saddle in the usual aft road position and place the aero bars so you can comfortably use them - which means having them further back and higher up. You don't get the low, flat back position, but it is still more aero than the drops - and possibly more comfortable.
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What is a Road Bike Fit with Aerobars? Is it a thing? What is it? Who has done it? How good is it?
It most certainly was a "thing" in the era of Dave Scott's dominance when the go-to set-up for an effective/affordable Tri bike was the inevitable Centurion Ironman fitted w/ Scott Tri or Clip-on aero bars. The OEM stem wasn't road race long and with the then new SIS DT controls it was just a matter of bolting on the Scott clip-ons, sliding the saddle slightly forward and adapting to the position and quirks of handling ( there certainly were/are some) and having at it.

Most of us roadies did the same "back when" after Le Mond's starling TdF victory in '89 proved that "Tri-bars" were indeed faster in the TT discipline, although the elite were dropping the big $ on "funny bikes" so equipped as well.

The Vitus 979 that I rode several bike legs for a mixed gender Tri relay team "a while ago" just had Scott clip-on bars fitted and the saddle moved 1 CM forward, a position that worked for me.

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[QUOTE=Bandera;20244744]It most certainly was a "thing" in the era of Dave Scott's dominance when the go-to set-up for an effective/affordable Tri bike was the inevitable Centurion Ironman fitted w/ Scott Tri or Clip-on aero bars. The OEM stem wasn't road race long and with the then new SIS DT controls it was just a matter of bolting on the Scott clip-ons, sliding the saddle slightly forward and adapting to the position and quirks of handling ( there certainly were/are some) and having at it.

Most of us roadies did the same "back when" after Le Mond's starling TdF victory in '89 proved that "Tri-bars" were indeed faster in the TT discipline, although the elite were dropping the big $ on "funny bikes" so equipped as well.

The Vitus 979 that I rode several bike legs for a mixed gender Tri relay team "a while ago" just had Scott clip-on bars fitted and the saddle moved 1 CM forward, a position that worked for me.

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I know off topic Who in Bandera painted all those bike blue and placed them around town? Very clever to promote cycling. I had Ceneli aero bars on my Cannondale road bike back in the 90s and was ok for fatigued hands I still have them in the parts bin. Peace
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Generally it is when you leave your saddle in the usual aft road position and place the aero bars so you can comfortably use them - which means having them further back and higher up. You don't get the low, flat back position, but it is still more aero than the drops - and possibly more comfortable.
Thanks! My comfort goal is to do a lot of trainer hours without pressure on my right wrist, which is healing from a fracture that occurred in February. As a consequence I xpect my saddle positioning to work a bit differently than in my road fit.
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Something like this...
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Hi, McBTC, thanks for the picture!

It looks like you just added aerobars on top of a conventional road bike setup? Your saddle setback is pretty big, along the lines of what I would use. So far in test fitting I see needing to raise the aero set because right now in my state of non-fitness, I don't think I'd like having my elbows at the same height as my pelvic basin. I'm shaped more like an orange than a snake (lol!).

I probably want my pads maybe 8 cm above the top of my road bars.
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Did you say Dave Scott? Here's one of mine.
3 of 4 Ironman I have are set up like this. The fourth has regular road bars. Notice the saddle is scooted up a bit. It's built for speed and comfort. I prefer the integrated aero bars (as opposed to the clip ons), as they seem to be less obtrusive.
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