It does depend however entirely on how you ride the bike, if you use the tops while climbing or fast descending, wrap them.
Basic knowledge of aerodynamics tells us that a more aerodynamic shape will increase airflow over an object, thus resulting in laminar flow behind the shape. In the context of a rear wing on an F1 car, this will make a huge difference. Now think about it in bike terms. There is a rider sat just inches behind the bar, so any gains from the bar are made redundant when the airflow hits the rider.
Yes, by all means, there is a benefit of aero bars, and they do make a (slight) difference, but at the end of the day, you're better off spending the money on saving weight, or focus on improving your riding position, which makes the largest aerodynamic difference.
To be completely crude/blunt, taking a trip to the toilet prior to riding will do more than a set of aero bars ever will.
NGMN wrote:You'd think that was the case but aero base bars show big savings on TT bikes even with riders aboard.
Couldn't a person take a trip to the toilet and have aero drop bars?
The original poster said they are coming stock on his bike, so...
If they're stock then keep them, but for a road bike I personally don't think you'd see much difference. TT bikes are a different case altogether.
Also, about your earlier post...
alexh wrote:Aerodynamic drag is directly proportional to frontal surface area. Flat top bars make no difference to aerodynamics, they are purely for comfort when using the tops.
Wasn't this the common knowledge some 10-15 years ago, today we know (Yes, we KNOW!) this really isn't the whole truth. There are absolutely massive gains to be had with really tight fitting clothes, not riding with your jersey zipper open, putting on shoe covers and not mounting water bottles behind your seat.
Google/YouTube the mythbusters dimpled cars episode if you think frontal area is all that matters...
Ofcourse ONE of these changes on.it's own won't matter enough to be noticed, but put them all together and the cumulative effect is noticeable...
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