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Why shorty bars?
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Aside from uci regulations, why would you use clip on shorty bars on a road bike instead of regular length bars?
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Re: Why shorty bars? [%FTP] [ In reply to ]
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The full length aerobars on a road bike tend to provide longer extension. If you position your hands at the end of the longer extensions while staying planted on the saddle, the angle between your torso and humerus (bicep) becomes too open.

Your reach is too long with your hands at the tips of normal aerobars 250 mm or longer.

As a result, your humerus doesn't provide good skeletal support of the weight of your torso on the elbow pads. Your latissimus dorsi muscle and erector spinae muscles start to do the work.

Also, there is often a tendency to slide forward on the saddle with this configuration, almost inducing a steep- seat angle, open torso orientation. That is likely uncomfortable and will change the handling of your bike since it moves your center of gravity forward.

Tom Demerly
The Tri Shop.com
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Re: Why shorty bars? [%FTP] [ In reply to ]
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%FTP wrote:
Aside from uci regulations, why would you use clip on shorty bars on a road bike instead of regular length bars?
don't you mean ITU regs?

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Re: Why shorty bars? [%FTP] [ In reply to ]
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because it's the natural position your hands assume if you are riding in a regular road position? there's a reason Cinelli's spinaci aerobars were shaped and sized as they were.
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Re: Why shorty bars? [realAlbertan] [ In reply to ]
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I thought it was a UCI regulation which forced the ITU to adopt it. Guess I had it backwards.
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