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Handlebars that extend forward from the stem, allowing for an aerodynamic riding position.

Example usage: 'My bike is outfitted with aerobars to give me an aerodynamic advantage while racing.'

Most used in: Road racing and triathlons.

Most used by: Professional and competitive cyclists.

Popularity: 8/10

Comedy Value: 2/10

Also see: aero bars, clip-ons, tri bars, bullhorns,


What are Aerobars?

Aerobars, also referred to as clip-on aerobars, are handlebar extensions that are fitted onto the front of a road bike. These extensions allow riders to adopt a more aerodynamic position, reducing drag and allowing them to ride faster.

Aerobars are typically made up of two elbow pads, which rest against the rider’s forearms, and two armrests, which are used to support the rider’s wrists and hands. This position, known as the “triathlon position”, allows the rider to tuck their body into a more streamlined shape, reducing wind resistance and helping them to ride faster.

Aerobars are often used by competitive cyclists, particularly in time trials and triathlons, where speed is essential. A study by the University of Colorado found that aerobars can reduce drag by up to 30%, allowing riders to cover the same distance in less time.

Aerobars can be fitted onto almost any type of road bike, although they are most commonly found on time trial and triathlon bikes. They can be bought as an aftermarket add-on or as part of a complete bike.

The Origin of the Term 'Aerobars'

The term 'aerobars' was first used to describe handlebar extensions used by competitive cyclists in the early 1980s. These handlebar extensions allowed cyclists to maintain a more aerodynamic position while riding, reducing drag and increasing speed.

The first aerobars were developed by a company called Profile Design in the early 1980s. The company was based in the United States and their aerobars were developed for triathletes. The aerobars quickly became popular among competitive cyclists as well, as they allowed riders to maintain a more aerodynamic position while riding.

Since their introduction in the 1980s, aerobars have become a standard feature on many racing bicycles. They are especially popular among time trial and triathlon cyclists, who use them to reduce drag and increase speed.

Today, aerobars are used by cyclists of all abilities and disciplines. They are an essential piece of equipment for competitive cyclists looking to gain an edge over their competitors.

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