Balancing Aerodynamics And Power In Your Triathlon Bike Fit

  • By Aaron Ross
  • Published May 13, 2013
  • Updated Jun 17, 2015 at 5:06 PM UTC
Photo: Kurt Hoy

Getting more aero doesn’t mean you have to lose power. How can you have both?

Contrary to popular bike fit myths, it is possible to achieve an aerodynamic bike setup without riding in an uncomfortably scrunched position. Bike fit specialist Aaron Ross shares advice straight from the Faster wind tunnel and fit studio in Scottsdale, Ariz., on how to save drag without compromising fit.

Key 1: Start with a solid foundation.
What we have found from testing many athletes is that a solid foundation from a good bike fit can make you more aero than new equipment—80 percent of your aerodynamic drag comes from you! But slamming your bars into the lowest possible position isn’t effective. You’ll find yourself unable to produce power and, more than likely, will be forced out of the aerobars, completely defeating any gains from the original position. Finding an aero position you can maintain begins with a bike fit. Once you find a position you can sustain for the length of your season’s “A” race, use these lessons learned from the wind tunnel to lose drag and save time.

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