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Offline Awf Hand

Aero bars
« on: February 01, 2011, 10:43:24 am »
Hey all,

I'm looking for aero bars to use on a lite tour bike.  Right now it is between the profile Design "Century" and "Airstryke".  The main difference between them is the arm rests.  On the Century they are fixed, while on the Airstryke they flip up and out of the way.
I've used the fixed ones, but that was long ago.  Does the flip-up feature offer $30 worth of benefit?

Thanks in advance,

Awf

Offline staehpj1

Re: Aero bars
« Reply #1 on: February 01, 2011, 11:56:27 am »
That depends on whether you will miss the hand position that is lost with the fixed rests.  If you would miss that hand position then go for the Airstryke.  Otherwise save a few bucks and probably have a slightly more reliable system.

Personally I decided that for me aero bars were not that great on a tour bike, but some riders really like them.

Offline johnsondasw

Re: Aero bars
« Reply #2 on: February 01, 2011, 12:45:56 pm »
Hey all,

I'm looking for aero bars to use on a lite tour bike.  Right now it is between the profile Design "Century" and "Airstryke".  The main difference between them is the arm rests.  On the Century they are fixed, while on the Airstryke they flip up and out of the way.
I've used the fixed ones, but that was long ago.  Does the flip-up feature offer $30 worth of benefit?

Thanks in advance,

Awf

I have the ones that flip out of the way.  It's been worth it to me--if you're going to ride thousands of miles with them, $30 is not much to pay for the convenience.  However, like many others, I actually don't use them that often, esp on tour.
May the wind be at your back!

Offline whittierider

Re: Aero bars
« Reply #3 on: February 01, 2011, 05:44:05 pm »
From the pictures on their website, the Airstryke appears to put the pads a little behind the lower bar, instead of directly over it.  I highly recommend ones that have it a little behind.

Offline DaveB

Re: Aero bars
« Reply #4 on: February 01, 2011, 05:46:57 pm »
I had the Century bars on a bike I kept in Florida (flat and windy) but I did miss the ability to put my hands closer to the stem.  If I was going to put aerobars on another bike, I'd spend the extra and get arm rests that flip up.

Offline whittierider

Re: Aero bars
« Reply #5 on: February 01, 2011, 08:26:17 pm »
My pads don't flip up, and sometimes in seated climbing I put my hands on the pads which are close together, so it's not a problem.

Offline DaveB

Re: Aero bars
« Reply #6 on: February 02, 2011, 08:00:14 am »
My pads don't flip up, and sometimes in seated climbing I put my hands on the pads which are close together, so it's not a problem.
I tried doing the same thing but found the pads awkwardly shaped and too wide to be comfortable  handholds.