Why are tri bars banned?
Anyone who has spent significant time in a pack of aggressive, racing riders will know that the reason for banning aero bars from mass start events IS bike control; I.E. steering. You cannot control a bike at the level required when riding while surrounded by a pack of other riders.
Why do triathletes use tri bars?
Aerobars, also known as tri-bars, are bolt-on handlebar extensions that allow you to adopt a more aerodynamic (aero) position compared to riding on drop handlebars. Triathletes love them because an aero position equates to faster times – oh, and they’re cheap too.
Why don’t more people use aero bars?
Aerobars can be considered less safe for a few reasons: mostly because your hands are not on the brakes while riding in the aerobars. It also takes more practice and skill to maintain a straight line in the aerobars (especially in cross winds) due to how close your arms are together.
Should I wrap my aero bars?
But instead of being wrapping with padded bar tape, like a normal bar, aero road bars are designed to be used with bare tops. While slippery in the wind, the bare tops can also be slippery in the hands. Many pro racers just tape them normally.
How do you set up a road bike for a triathlon?
How To: Use a road bike for triathlon
- Just ride your road bike as-is. Yep, you can do it completely old school and ride your ride bike with no modifications.
- Use shorty clip-on aerobars. The next simplest fix would be to use short clip-on aero bars.
- Seatpost, saddle, aerobar change.
Do you tape carbon handlebars?
Carbon handlebars are not as strong as alloy bars, and the increased weight on the top of the bars (due to the extra bar tape) can cause them to fail. The bars could snap at the stem. In fact, most manufacturers do not recommend taping the tops of the bars from a liability standpoint.
Does it matter which way you wrap bar tape?
Matching the direction of wrap helps minimize loosening of the tape. As seen from the back (the rider’s point of view), the stress is outward on each side of the drops. Consequently, the right side should be wrapped in a clockwise direction while the left side should be counter-clockwise.