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.
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.
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.
dont ask me !
The square root of fck all hopefully.
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.
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.
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.
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 ?
Thanks Popsider - just what I needed to hear, I knew you'd have some suitable advice.
All the best the Doozer
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