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I can't agree more. In fact I'm setting up an appointment to be re-fitted for my bike. I do not think I was ever fitted after the aero bars were put on 20 yrs ago.
The LBS tech guy said don't be surprised of the changes ... I told him I will not be surprised if it will allow me to be more comfortable in riding longer distances.
Definitely get thee down to the LBS and get yourself fitted for the aerobars.
I got fitted for my road position and then went back to get my aerobars done - what I thought was a simple fit turned out to be a couple of hours adjusting, tweaking and moving! We changed the length, width, pad angle, aerobar angle and probably a couple of other things that I can't remember. Then we tweaked the seatpost and saddle fore-aft and nose angle to get a decent position - I actually found a better road position out of it too!
Don't get fitted too aggressively at first, get a more comfortable fit and then adjust as necessary. I've lowered the aerobars a touch (took out a spacer) since my last fitting but that's about it. If you're fit right, your TT position should be relatively stable - the handling will be a little twitchy at first but you get used to it. The only problem is changing gears.
If you do end up getting a TT bike, then make sure you get a really good fit.
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I will roll down to the LBS, however by saying temporary I am, hoping if I do really well in my first one (however I will quantify 'really well' I don't know) I will start saving for a tri-bike thus making my street bike with tri bars a temporary situation. :)
I think I will say if I come in halfway up my age group..I will start saving. :D
Go to the LBS to be fitted properly. Why are you hoping this is a temporary thing? Then why put them on in the first place?
Is there an expert fitter at your LBS or tri store? That is how I get my bike adjusted - fit is critical for performance, comfort and injury avoidance.
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Like so many people I have added aero bars to my road bike. I hope it's a temporary situation but I wnant to be able to make sure my body geometry is 100% what is should be.
Does anyone know how to get this done?