Handlebars: Aero vs Round.

Discuss light weight issues concerning road bikes & parts.
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by amngwlvs

youngs_modulus wrote:
Tue Apr 23, 2019 4:10 pm
cyclespeed wrote:
Mon Apr 22, 2019 6:03 pm
It's a win win. A round bar is one of the worst shapes possible aero wise.

It's really a no brainer to change to aero bars unless you're a big powerful sprinter.
I would actually go a little further and say that aero bars are a no-brainer especially if you’re a big, powerful sprinter. That is, if you’re trying to win by being the fastest over the final 200 meters, you’re literally drag racing: you’re competing to see who has the highest power-to-drag ratio.

To maximize that ratio, a sprinter must train to produce more power. But the cool thing about power-to-drag ratios is that reducing drag by 100 watts is just as good as increasing power by 100 watts. A smart sprinter will maximize power through training and reduce drag through position changes and equipment choice.

When I first read the comment you're replying to I had the same thought, shouldn't it be more important for a big powerful sprinter, but I didn't have anything meaning to post in relation to the subject. Then your post came along... Very insightful for me! Thanks for posting.
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