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Aerobars and Tribars for Triathlon and TT

This section highlights the latest deals from the top cycling shops, on Aerobars and Tribars, that you can mount on your handlebars for Triathlon competition. They range all the way from simple clip-on bars to fully integrated carbon aerobars.

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General introduction to Aerobars

Aerobars, or tri bars, are used by cyclists to make them more aerodynamic when they race. The bars are fitted to the front handlebars of a bike and enable the rider to sit in a position where they are more streamlined and tucked down. This allows the air around the cyclist to glide past with greater ease, increasing the speed at which they can cycle.

If you are taking part in races and triathalons, having the right kind of aerobars fitted can make a difference to your performance and race time. Choosing the most appropriate bars is crucial, however, because incorrect types or fitting can increase the drag and actually make you slower, creating the opposite effect. In choosing aerobars, you should, therefore, always make sure that you really are getting the right type for your specific bike and activities - and that they are properly fitted.

Guide to types of bar

There are various different types of aerobars or tri bars, and which you choose may depend on how far you intend to race. Some people opt for clip-on bars, which means that they can take them off the bike when they are not needed. Clip-on bars simply clamp onto the handlebar and are ideal for any level of racer. Other cyclists prefer using bars that can be kept on the bike at all times. You can also add extension poles to the bars.

In general terms, aerobars are best suited to flat routes, but that is not to say they won't have any impact when cycling on hills. Aerodynamic capability and comfort are the top priorities when choosing tri bars for flat routes, whilst lightweight bars are popular with cyclists who routinely target hillier routes. Carbon fibre bars, for example, tend to be lighter in weight than aluminium versions.

Choosing the right bar for your Triathlon

Whichever type of bar you choose for your bike, it is important that the arm rests can be adjusted easily to provide optimum comfort for your arms whilst cycling, especially on longer races. It can take some time to get used to having aerobars on your bike, so prior to competing in a race, do ensure that you spend time practicing using these bars.

In choosing aerobars, cost will almost always be an important consideration, as this can vary significantly. Bars can cost anywhere from £40 up to £700 or more, but the higher the price tag doesn't necessarily mean the better the performance. A great deal depends on how you use the bars and your individual riding style. No matter how much you pay for your bars, they should always be comfortable. If they are too high up, the drag can increase, but if they are too low down and your knees are hitting your chest when you cycle, this could impact upon your breathing. In general terms, the most expensive type of aerobars are full carbon monocoque designs.

Some tri bars are specifically designed for either male or female cyclists, but it's worth bearing in mind that in the majority of cases, a good set of aerobars will be adjustable, and should be usable for both genders.