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4/2/09 12:46 P

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Jim:
I hear ya man! And feel your pain...

Try and return is the best way. You're well in with your LBS now so they'll be able to help out with the choices. My regular LBS now carries the T2+ and one of the upward cuved ones (can't remember what now, may well be the Jammer) partly because I've pointed so many people that way!

Fit as always, is the key. Good luck!

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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
4/2/09 12:41 P

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Wongerchi:

I never use the aero bars unless I'm either in a TT or I have been dropped and riding alone. Even if I'm paired up with someone I will not use them.

The only reason I was in the drops was to ride in a different position to buck the wind. I felt like a parasail on the hoods. I even noticed the speed drop from this as well.

I figured since I was alone again .... I really missed having the bars.

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WONGERCHI's Photo WONGERCHI Posts: 3,889
4/2/09 11:17 A

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Jim:
I use the Profile Design T2+ ones. Love mine, would do it again in a heartbeat. I tried the Jammer but the pads are too far up the arm for me, I like the pads right by the elbows. Also I prefer the S-bend style rather than the ones that curve up. The bars that curve up put your wrists in a better position though, but I can sit on my S-bends for ages. If you have an oversize handlebar (31.8mm) then put a rubber shim underneath the clamp to fit - the plastic things Profile Design give you are useless on a fat bar. Even a Profile Design handlebar - that's my setup!

Whichever you get, you have to get the fit dialed in - get your LBS to fit you. You could always bring in your integrated bar off your Raleigh as a starting point for the fit.

Remember though you are NOT supposed to use your aerobars in a group ride. For many reasons, not least of which is that you're pretty far from the brakes! If you're not comfortable in the drops then some tweaks in handlebar position should be your starting point. Unless it's balls-to-the-wall I'm rarely in the drops on a group ride, of course, your style will be different.

If it's windy, bike position is the key. Sitting behind someone is useless if there's a crosswind - the correct position is off to the leeward side of the rider in front! And rotate often - when it's a heavy x-wind it's rotating echelon time, which I find totally nerve shredding. But done right, it's really effective.

Edited by: WONGERCHI at: 4/2/2009 (11:20)
In God we trust, all others bring data.
- W. Edwards Demings

If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
-P.Z. Pearce

Specificity, specificity, specificity.
-Andy Coggan

The plural of "anecdote" is not "data".
- Frank Kotsonis


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JHOLLNAGEL Posts: 1,768
4/2/09 8:18 A

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Hi All

Ok I would like to add aero bars to the bike now. After last nights ride in the windy cnditions I missed not having them. I tried riding in the drops but I just could not stay there like I could on my old aero bars from my other bike.

And no I can not remove the aero bar from the old bike because it is one entire unit and they are from 20 yrs ago technology.

I was looking at the Jammer GT Profile Design. What are the thoughts on this?

What do you guys have and use? What are the pros & cons of what you have? And if you could do it all over again which would you go to next?

Thanks,

Jim

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