WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF AERO BARS IN TRIATHLON?  

Hi all you Try-Athletes!

Today, we will address a topic that every budding triathlon enthusiast will ask himself: why do you need aero bars?

During your cycling outings, you may have noticed a friend or other athlete using this type of accessory on their bike? In this article, we will try to cover every aspect of this topic to shed some light on triathlon racing.

1/ WHAT ARE AERO BARS?

The aero bars are composed of two parts: the first is a tube, which is more or less curved, that you hold on to. The second is an armrest that has foam padding for superior comfort so that you can maintain the same position for longer or shorter periods.

2/ WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF USING AERO BARS?

There are multiple benefits but the most obvious one is aerodynamics. Indeed, the position that you will adopt by using this accessory will considerably improve your penetration through the air.

The second benefit is a consequence of the first: the energy saving, i.e. by reducing the surface exposed to the air, you will save the energy that you need to pedal harder or push yourself more during the run leg, it's up to you ;)

 

3/ WHAT AERO BAR SIZE SHOULD YOU CHOOSE?

To find out the right size for your bike, you need to identify your race objectives:

- Short aero bars for races where drafting is permitted (generally up to the Olympic distance), these aero bars must not exceed your brake lever hoods. they must also be connected in order to reduce the risk of injury in the event of a fall in the peloton.

- Long aero bars for races where drafting is forbidden (generally the XL & XXL distances), they will allow you to maintain an even more aerodynamic and forward riding position on your bike. Bear in mind that, unlike short aero bars, they come in a wide variety of shapes. The choice of shape will be very personal and only you will be able to choose the shape that suits you best according to your body shape and the type of event you will be doing.

 

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4/ WHAT MATERIAL SHOULD YOU CHOOSE FOR YOUR AERO BARS?

There are two types of materials used in the construction of aero bars:

- if you're looking for an affordable and sturdy product that will withstand a fall, you could opt for aluminium aero bars.

- if you like long solo training sessions and long distance events, you will opt for carbon aero bars. Although they are more expensive, they add very little weight to your ride and will be highly resistant to the pulling forces exerted on them.

 

5/ WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND BEFORE USING YOUR AERO BARS?

Although, for most triathlons, aero bars will deliver a gain on the cycle leg, bear in mind that you need to follow a few guidelines in order to make the most of this super accessory: - during your first outing, make sure you learn how to switch from your standard position to your aero position in order to prevent falls. - take a multitool with you during this first outing so that you can re-adjust your aero bars according to how you feel on the bike. Remember that, although this accessory will save you time, it must above all not cause any discomfort as you are liable to lose any time you have saved in the event of pain in the lower back or arms. If you are in any doubt about your riding position or your aero bar settings, above all, don't hesitate to contact one of our Aptonia advisers in your local Decathlon store for advice on the different settings (you are the ultimate decider).

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As you are surely aware, aero bars are an essential piece of equipment on fast cycling terrain. They will considerably increase your speed and help you save energy, which is an important consideration when you still have the run leg to follow the cycle leg! As for choosing your aero bars, you now hold all the cards to decide on the solution that will improve your time without harming your back.

Now that you are up to speed on the subject: get into the tuck position (low down on the aero bars) and press down hard on the pedals!

See you soon for some more guidance in performing your sport :)

 

charles-writer-aptonia

Charles

Having always been a sports enthusiast, I practised watersports like competitive swimming and sailing for 15 years. I am a sales assistant in the Decathlon store of Scionzier in Haute Savoie.

Now as an amateur triathlete, I can combine my love of watersports with my desire to push myself to the limit. Being more comfortable over long distances, the Ironman of Nice will be my next objective.

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