Tri Bar Advice

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03/06/2009 at 21:26

I'm looking to get some clip on tri bars for my Giant SCR2 as I'm training towards my first 1/2 IM Tri.

A bit of research has shown that there are different styles and sizes (WTF ?). My bike is a cheap one (although the engine is tuning up nicely), so the Tri bars will need to be too.

Any recommendations or advice would be greatly appreciated.

03/06/2009 at 22:04
Profile Carbon Stryke are a popular mid-range choice.  If you can't stretch to that much cash then Profile Century are a good budget choice.  Not as adjustable as the Carbon Stryke but a good entry level tri bar.  I do have a pair that I've been lending out to people.  I would offer to lend them to you if I can remember who has them.
04/06/2009 at 10:59
Century ZB's on my bikes, Decent cheap starter
04/06/2009 at 11:27

I would look to spend around £50 or so - I wouldn't pay more for light weight unless money is no object - it's all about position.

Things that you might want :

- adjustable rests to be fairly narrow - I hate having the arms wide apart on tri bars.

 - flip up arm rests - I haven't used these but if you are doing a lot of climbing it's nice to have the tops of the bars available - the ones that flip up mean you can use the tops for climbing.   

- think about the height - the SCR has a relatively long head tube so you might want to think about finding some tri bars that don't add to the height.     And if you've got any spacers under your stem put them on top of it.

04/06/2009 at 18:38

MW - you're a good egg, helping me (again).

DtES - thanks they llok just the job. Found em for around £40 depending upon teh dealer.

Popsider - thanks too.  

Aitch!    pirate
04/06/2009 at 18:44
What's the difference between tri bars and aero bars?**

** sorry if this is an idiot question!
04/06/2009 at 18:58

dont ask me !

The square root of fck all hopefully.

Aitch!    pirate
04/06/2009 at 19:41
LOL was thinking Pops would know....
04/06/2009 at 20:45
Tri bars are bars that fit on your handlebars and allow you to adopt an aerodynamic position on the bike.  Aero bars are chocolate bars with lots of bubbles in them.
04/06/2009 at 20:50
Yeah they are the same thing.
04/06/2009 at 20:50
Wispas are better.
JD.    pirate
04/06/2009 at 20:53

i've got the flip up ones.  they're good like pops says if there's lots of climbing.  but tbh they're a bit of a pain in general.  it is a bit harder to get in position on them.  it's especially a bit harder to change gear, ie keep left arm on the rest, change gear with right arm, lift arm a bit higher to get it in the armrest.

i ended up taping the arm rests down for the new forest as i knew there weren't any hills.  did the same for imde as well.  will probably do the same for switzerland given the long flatish stretches.  can easily enough fit my hands sides of the bars for the climbs.

Aitch!    pirate
04/06/2009 at 21:07
LOL Mister W! That really made me laugh!!!

Jj, I prefer wispas too

Do they clip onto your handlebars or is it a totally different handlebar?!
29/07/2009 at 19:51

Had some bars (teh Century ZBs) for a while so I though I should put em on.

My handlebars are about the same height as my saddle, but I do indeed have spacers making up about an inch. I guess that I want my Tri bars as low as poss. The Tri bars will bolt on to the handle bars, but the elbow pads will raise me up when using them.

Should I take the spacers out ? What height should handlebars usually be ? Lower than teh saddle I guess.

Doozer.    pirate
29/07/2009 at 20:40

Its all a ver personal choice about height.  Lots of factors, type of bike, flexibility, distance of race etc etc etc, 

 Finding a position which you can produce the most amount of power without sacrificing too much on areodynamics and comfort is ideal, but there is generally a compromise somewhere when fitting tri bar extentions to a road bike.  The steeper geeometry of a tt bike allows a better set up.

29/07/2009 at 21:17

Cheers Doozer, I guess that its bike specfic too and mine is a road bike. I suppose I just maximise what I have. Any tri-bars has to be quicker than no tri-bars.

Are you doing the NF Middle Distance ?

Doozer.    pirate
29/07/2009 at 22:03
Yep, some tri bars will be better than none. Will be at new forest, doing Antwerp 70.3 this weekend too.

29/07/2009 at 23:07
Jam your seat as far forwards as it'll go and take all the spacers out - then if that's too uncomfortable work backwards putting spacers back til you find a position you can ride in.
30/07/2009 at 06:10

Thanks Popsider - just what I needed to hear, I knew you'd have some suitable advice.

All the best the Doozer

Cheerful Dave    pirate
30/07/2009 at 08:56
It may sound obvious, but whatever you do make sure you get some miles in with the set-up you'll use on the day, especially if you're lowering the bars.  It may seem fine at first but things might be different after a couple of hours!  It doesn't matter how aero it is if after 56 miles your back's seized up and you can't run much.  Moving the seat forward helps, as popsider says.
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