Aero Road Bars on Gravel Race Bike (NOT Clip-Ons)


#1

In episode 188 there was a ton of useful info on aerodynamics. Nate mentioned using his aero kit and helmet at different races, something I do also. I would like to get aero drop bars [not clip-ons] for my gravel bike.

Can anyone see a down side to doing this? I live in MI so our gravel roads here are pretty tame.


#2

Lack of control in rough stuff and may well be banned in some races. My personal opinion is dont use them unless solo

Edit: I may have understood you, do you mean clip on aero bars? If not then yes, work away


#3

I think he’s talking about aero drop bars - not aero clip ons. And yes, I would use them.


#4

Do you mean aero bars like these:

image

Or road bars like these:

If the first - safety concerns - I’d say no. If the second - go for it


#5

Yeah, I was just editing my post there but you were too quick :slight_smile:


#6

There are 3 downsides; they weigh more, they might be less comfortable on the tops, and internal routing is a PITA. Otherwise they should be faster.


#7

Yeah looking at something like the Ness bars. Good question. I just dont see a downside so I am not sure why I dont see them at races.