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Bike fitting: Do you really need aerobars?

Post by Craig Hill / The News Tribune on April 8, 2009 at 4:13 pm with No Comments »
April 8, 2009 4:13 pm

Tomorrow we’ll have a story on bike fitting in the Adventure section. I went through a bike fitting at Old Town Bicycle a couple of weeks ago with manager Tory Grant. The difference has been amazing. I’m in a more comfortable position on my bike and I feel more efficient.

The biggest change to the look of my bike was the removal of the aerobars.

"I’m going to convince you to get rid of those," Grant said. "People put them on there bikes because they think they need a place to rest. But really, aerobars are for time trial bikes. You don’t really need it."

If a bike fits properly you don’t need aerobars, Grant said.

When I thought about it I realized for all the hundreds of miles I’ve pedaled on my bike I’ve rarely used my aerobars. I’ve just been carrying them along for the ride.

Now that my bike fits properly I can easily reach the lower portion of my handlebars giving me the same aerodynamic position I would have gotten from my aerobars.

Here’s a link to the Old Town bike fitting page. Bike fittings are about $100 to $200 for your current bike. Bike’s purchased at the store include a bike fitting.

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