Aerobar Setup: Does Lower Always Equal Faster?

  • By Ian Buchanan and Dean Phillips
  • Published Jan 24, 2012
  • Updated Dec 17, 2012 at 3:57 PM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Lowering the bars doesn’t always lower the rider

Lowering the aerobars beyond a certain point can actually raise the rider’s back profile. If muscles—hamstrings, for example—are stretched beyond their range of motion (to compensate for the raised back), your body will most likely respond by rotating the hips back to reduce the distance the hamstrings have to stretch. In this case, you would be better off riding a higher aerobar position that allows you to maintain a lower overall back height while keeping your muscles in their effective and sustainable range.

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