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Tribars - advice needed

Brick  Feb 12th 2007 at 20:35
I'm thinking of adding a set of tribars to my racer.

However, I really have no idea about where to start:

1. good makes?
2. how much do I need to spend?
3. do you buy them with gear shifters, etc, etc.

Looking to spend between £50 and £130-ish.

Any advice would be welcome.
4 replies
Chig  Feb 13th 2007 at 23:27
I'm always happy to offer unqualified advice.
Coming from a very frugal background I'd suggest starting with something relatively cheap and giving them a try for a season. There are loads of different makes of clip-ons out there, and most will have the option to attach at least one gear shifter, which you could upgrade to once your happy with them.
The most important factor must be comfort - probably best to look for something very adjustable, as none of us appear to have 'normal' body shapes. Best to buy a slightly cheaper pair and pay for a good mechanic to set up your bike with them on to get you in the best aero position. Most people have their bars set up really badly, and have a position that is of less benefit than the additional weight! The other really important thing regarding comfort if you're training long or often is the quality of the cushioning pads. Some makes are much better than others, but all seem to be improving. I used to race with the Profile Airstrykes which had spring-loaded arm rests that gave you loads of bar space for climbing. Slightly gimmicky, and the springs eventually broke, but they also seemed to cushion the ride slightly.
There's loads on sites like Wiggle, but you're probably best to try a few out at local bike shops, and get advice from triathelete's or time trialists there.
Good luck!
RichG  Feb 15th 2007 at 23:21
If and when you do buy some - don't be put off with the first few rides, it does get easier to control your bike. All the same, I recommend choosing quiet lanes as opposed to busy dual carriageways to try them out!! And don't start learning to ride on them when its windy!
guy.douglass  Feb 16th 2007 at 09:35
I second chig's airstrykes comments. They're quite bulky, but easy to use and comfortable. I got mine off ebay.
Slow_Bike  Feb 16th 2007 at 13:30
If you are using a racer I suggest you get 'shortie' aerobars that you see the OD Pro's using as you don't want to be too stretched in your cockpit due to the relaxed seat-tube angle of road frames.
Many brands do the short aerobars that have a low rise for the arm-rests -I recently bought a set of Vuka clip-ons for my brother and although it involved a fair amount of chopping down we got them perfectly fitted with the arm rests slightly behind the road bar.

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