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If you have a garmin out in front mount, just put your hands on it and you're golden. it is still a very demanding position to generate power with your core though, and definitely less control. best used for TT efforts, but even then It would be hard to mantain it for a long time.
hands on the drops and elbows bent is still my go to position for TT efforts on the road bike. more aero than the drops, yet compact and comfortable.
Agreed that "ghost aerobars" is very demanding on longer distances. Being able to grab the tops in a good tuck should be much more sustainable, also when the road gets bumpy.
What I have found works the best as a compromise (but can make things awkward otherwise) is this:
-Run a bar that is 1-2 sizes wider than what you normally would run
-Run a stem stack that is 1-2cm lower than normal
-Run a stem that is 1cm shorter than normal
-Angle your bar so that the the tops and the hoods have a flat transition
-Rotate your bars upwards so that the tops/hoods are in line with the stem. On a normal road bike with a -6 stem this means they are on the same incline as the stem. This is why you run a lower/shorter stem. Rotating the bars increases the reach and the stack.
-Cant your levers inwards quite a bit probably .5-1cm each side. This will allow you to rest your wrists on the tops of the bars and lightly grab onto the hoods with a "pistol grip".
You can then rest your forearms on the flats of the tops and put your hands just inside of you levers. You will have much greater stability putting your weight just behind your wrists and the same drag.
A good picture of this and where I got the idea from is Fabian in the 2010 Tour of Flanders. A little birdie and Specialized told me that Cancellara actually tested this in the wind tunnel and is one of the few riders to still run wide bars to this day basically so that he can use this position. I've tried it personally and like anything you adapt to it, but it does make out of the saddle climbing feel a bit awkward at first.
http://s3-eu-west-1.amazonaws.com/inspi ... LARA_1.jpg
For a 46km TT I'd just use clip ons in general, but this is what I'd do for general road racing.
BmanX wrote:Why could you not use a pair of these and have the U-bend part as short as possible and just call it a bridge for your computer. These come without the pads on them so really they are not aerobars per say.
Interesting concept, but probably will not work out unless you can get thinner and shorter bars. It's not a sanctioned event, but the rules clearly state no clip ons for the road classification, and I can't imagine the organisers opening that can of worms, allowing anything remotely looking like aero bars. The cost might be prohibitive also for running it just once a year.
(Saddle - bars drop is about 24cm)
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