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How To Ride On Aerobars | GTN’s Step By Step Guide

How To Ride On Aerobars | GTN’s Step By Step Guide

– Aero bars are designed to make you more aerodynamic and therefore faster. If however, you’re not confident on them or you’re in the wrong position, then the benefits become questionable. – Yeah, getting started on Aerobars can be really quite difficult. So here is our step by step guide on how to use them. – Start off on a turbo because here there’s no balance issues and it’s also a safe environment, and then, if you get a friend or a coach to look at your position, you can make any adjustment safely before heading out onto the road. – So to start off with, you want to make your position more comfortable. You’ll have plenty of
time to get more aero and aggressive with your set up. So you want to raise your stem or your aero bar to make the
position less challenging, and if you can, also try tilting the aero
bars upwards to help. – Changing position
whether that’s swimming, cycling, or running,
takes time for your body to adapt before it becomes normal, so make sure you allow
yourself plenty of time to adjust to your Aerobars before you intend to race on them. – Riding on the turbo is one thing, but moving forwards whilst you’re outside can be quite difficult to start off with. Now it may seem
counterintuitive, but actually, riding with a little bit more speed is easier than going slowly. Simply because you’re carrying momentum and so the bike is a
little bit more stable, and when you’re starting out, perhaps try finding a
flat, quiet section of road or if you’re really lucky, maybe a closed circuit nearby. – Start by taking one hand off, feeling confident,
indicating, or taking a drink will set you up really nicely and then once you are happy with that, it’s time to start trying the aero bars. So with one hand at a time, just place it on top of the aero bar, when you feel comfortable,
drop your elbow down and then take it back. Make sure you repeat this on both sides, and then each time do it
for a little bit longer, ride along in that position with just one hand down, and then when you feel ready, you can just bring the other one across. – Keep the time in the
aero bars fairly short to start off with. You should try practising going into and out of your position regularly, as you need to be confident
getting to your brakes and so that you can corner safely, and then when you’re happy
with your new position, start increasing the pace, and spending a bit more time in them. – Once you come to riding
aero bars on the flat, it’s time to practise your descending. Now, don’t forget you’ll take longer to get to the brakes
because you’ll have to come off your bars and onto the hoods, but to start off with, just find a nice straight, gentle slope, something like this where
you can feel confident and say you go into the corner and you need to practise that, but on nice, gentle, sweeping corners, and when it comes to sharper corners it’s best to come back onto your hoods for better handling. When it comes to uphill though, if you’re going slower than around 12 miles an hour
or 19 kilometres an hour it’s probably worth coming out of the aero position because the benefits are pretty negligible, and then, you can stretch your back off and just get a little bit comfortable. – Taking on food and drink whilst in the aero bars is a little bit more of an advanced skill. If you’ve got an aero
bottle between your bars with a straw, then all you need to do is locate that straw with your mouth while staying in the bars. But then if you’re using a normal bottle between your bars, or you’ve got one on the down tube, or behind your saddle,
then it will require you to get up out of your
aero bars momentarily to grab that bottle, so
it is a little bit harder and you should practise that a little bit in training. – Being on the aero bars puts strain on your lower back and your hamstrings and can also tighten your hip flexors a little bit more so just make sure that you keep on top of a good stretching and conditioning routine so you can still get into that efficient position. – A great way to improve your skills in the aero position is
to challenge yourself and there’s not better way of doing that than to do a race. But rather than trying
to put it all together in a triathlon, why not enter a local time trial bike race, so that you can try it all out beforehand. – If you ride on your aero bars regularly, you’ll be surprised at how quickly it will feel just as natural on the bars as it does on the tops. Now if you haven’t done so already, you can subscribe to GTN for free and if you’ve enjoyed this, hit the thumb up button. – And if you want to
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30 comments on “How To Ride On Aerobars | GTN’s Step By Step Guide

  1. I tried clip on aerobars for a week on my road bike and it wasn't too bad, I even snagged a KOM with it. However I took them off after a while because I didn't enjoy the back pain. I am not the most flexible bloke out there.

  2. I want to buy me one but i don't know which kind of Aero Bars i want to have for my Roadbike..The S-bend or the L-bend? What do you think is better?

  3. Thanks for the video. I just purchased my first set of aero bars (so this came at a great time). I like the suggestion of adding stack height for beginning. I initially thought I might have to drop that to accommodate for the extra height of the bars.

  4. @Mark – You do not need to get completely off the aerobars to get your water bottle and take a drink. All you need to do is lift one arm off the aerobars, retrieve your water bottle and take a drink while leaning on the opposite arm, still resting on an aerobar. I've been doing this for many thousands of miles.

  5. Honestly time trials are so scarce here it's a pity. There's a reason why there hasn't been a French Tour de France winner for a long time. Since the era of aero bikes cyclists that spend more time on a TT bike get better at it. But here outside of a few gentlemen at the back of the season time trials are rare. Logistics might be an issue but you can't really say these events are crowded either. My first experience with aerobars was quite frightening to be honest, I was swinging left and right because every slight movement has a much bigger impact on your steering. As I took more time riding on them it got better, but I still need good visibility of what's coming ahead to get into them, I'm not really comfortable cornering blindly with them cause I might overreact. But I like riding on them, you feel fast even if you only get 2/3km/h.

  6. My first experience of aero bars was bamby-ing around the local industrial estate and then after finally getting confident reaching back for the water bottle and nearly ending my existence there and then 🙂

  7. Do you know of any company out there that makes 'clip-on' aero bars for flat handlebars? It seems there are a million and one options for round handlebars, but not so much for flat handlebars a la Pinarello F10. Cheers!

  8. A great video guys (apologies if I've offended the PC out there) – please keep the content going. I know your aim is to cater for all levels but I particular enjoy what I call the 'progression' videos (raising the skill level from newbie to increasingly competent). Thank you again.

  9. Another tip is to have the pads wide in the beginning to get the aero feel. Narrow elbows like Mark in the video are a bit more twitchy and take more time to become confident using.
    Great video!

  10. First time on aero bars..borrowed someone else's bike and winged it on the race. Won my age group but was scared as hell Haha, turbo would have been smarter!

  11. I just got my first tri bike, and I'm finding my forearms and lower biceps are hurting (getting tired) do I just need more time on the bars to strengthen my arm muscles?

  12. You don't even need aero bars to ride aero.
    Just place your arm midway between your wrist and elbow on the bar….

  13. The tip of the Woman holding the end of the bars without your elbow down is very danerous. There is only one difference between normal und aero bars. You have to hold the aero bars stronger than normal bars, because they react more to the ground.

  14. The problem with aero bars is that in that position my stomach/chest feels squished and I feel like I'm not getting in enough air. Yet, I'm not in that low of a position. Also, it can help to have a shorter/stubbier saddle. Mine is longer racing bike style saddle and I may need to chop off the front or buy a newer/shorter one because it can be quite uncomfortable when trying to stay in the tucked position.

  15. I've just put Aero Bars onto my road bike! These tips are great. Hopefully it will all feel natural as quickly as possible!

  16. Hi guys! Cheers from Brazil! Thanks for the tips!
    Recently I bought an aerobars to my road bike! I thought it would be easy…but with your tips I hope I can do it naturally as soon as possible!

  17. Thank you for your tips. However, I have been practicing on my new tt bicycle and I am stuck in one area. I had not had any problems in engaging the aerobars with my right hand/arm but I do not seem to be able to do it with my left. I even had an accident a week ago by trying to leave my left hand off. What would you recommend?. Otherwise, i appreciate the time taken in making the video and imparting a little of your experience in cycling.

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