I have aerobars on my roadbike and love them. However, installing aerobars on a roadbike comes with a whole number of issues. Firstly, because a roadbike isn't designed to have you leaning forward in an aero position, the bike gets very twitchy - the first couple of sessions with aerobars is always hair-raising! Also, there's a distinct "where are the gears/brakes??" feeling when you're in the bars, not to mention the lack of precise steering! I never use my aerobars in the city and even through country roads I'll make sure there's a decent shoulder or there's not a lot of traffic. You DEFINITELY won't be able to use them in a group ride also.
When I put on my aerobars I went back to my bike fitter to get them installed. What was supposed to be a straightforward process turned out to be anything but that as we ended up playing with saddle position and handlebar angle to get a position that works both for road and Triathlon/TT riding. There's no way I'd do that myself, thank you very much!
To directly answer your question, yes, aerobars will help with the finger numbness. However, I'd try a few other things first. It's always a good idea to change hand position every 15-20 minutes or so. I shake out my hands to relieve any tingles and make sure I do stuff with my hands on the bike - drink water bottles, gels, etc. Also, check your fit. I find I get hand numbness when I'm too stretched out or if my saddle is slightly downward - this leads to increased hand pressure as more weight is on your hands rather than the seat.
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With the speeds you are going, I don't think you will find a huge speed difference with aero bars. They do make it more challenging to control you bike, and if they are aftermarket, you will still have to return to a traditional position to shift and brake.
As for numbness, moving your hands into different positions on your race bars is a great idea. You can either have your hands on top of the bars, on the "hoods" (where the shifters/brakes are) or in the "drops" more aero dynamic). If you find you are putting too much pressure on you hands during a ride, go to your LBS and see if the handlebars are positioned well for you. You may want to have them raised.
As a personal sidebar, my physical therapist told me that aero bars were probably the worst position for my back, because the increased angle at my waist actually encourages my spine to compress, possibly pressing on nerves, and therefore causing numbness in my fingers or toes. As I mentioned, that's just me.
I find re-positioning my hands help tremenduously as well. However, I do find aero bars handy in a head wind. But if I'm riding in town, I do not utilize them, I want my hands on my brake lever area just in case something unexpectantly occurs.
they are not easy to manuever with, many group rides dont allow them. i had them on a bike that was a little big for me and it was uncomfortable to lean forward to rest on them (seat had to be adjusted down to relieve pressure and also i felt cramped)
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Giggles I donít have aero bars but do have some advice that might help with your hand numbness. I had the same problem. When riding, your hands should rest lightly on the handlebars. They should not bear the weight of your upper body. Your core, especially your lower back, holds your body in position. Being able to ride in this position takes some strengthening of your lower back and core. Also change your hand position on the handlebars often. Hope this helps.
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Hi All, I just started cycling so far I average 15 miles in 1hour & 20 mins. I don't have a bike computer so I've been maping out my route online to see how many miles I've done so I don't know what my average is for speed. My question is this. My handle bars are the old school style I looked it up and the proper name is road race handle bars. My fingers get numb and I was wondering if I buy the aerobars would this help my numb fingers and lessen the impact on my arms/elbows?? Are they easy to maneuver? Thanks Giggles
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