I have to be honest. I was not ‘on’ the trainer watching cycling on Sunday. I was working on the bike while watching cycling on Sunday. I was just using the trainer as a bike stand.
A few months ago my left bar end shifter stopped working. I was not sure if it was my front derailleur or if it was something else. I did some investigating and found out it was the cable. The cable housing under the bottom bracket was dirty and starting to corrode. I replaced the cable and all was good with the world.
Where are the handlebars?
However, I knew the other cables would need to be replaced. So while I waited for the replacement cables to arrive in the mail I procured a new set of aero bars. I have wanted to have a set of s-bend bars since I got the race bike but I was not willing to go shopping for them. Super trick aero bars are one of the worst bangs for the buck on a race bike. They just do not do much to save you any time. But, I had a friend who had upgraded his bike and had a set of take offs that he let me have for a song. There would not be a better time to replace the bars then when replacing the cables.
However, I had a race coming up. I needed to wait.
I finished up the Dragonfly triathlon on Saturday so Sunday would be a good time to work on the bike. I had a good race (full report coming soon – I finished 5 / 34 in age group with 3rd in swim, 4th in bike and 6th in run – WTF – my run used to be my strong suit – I’ve got some work to do)!
So I switch out my cables, handlebars and aero bar extensions while watching the final stage of the Tour do Swiss. It was a nail bitter!
I took measurements of all of the important angles on the bike and then got to work.
Set up before
New bars temporarily in place
The new bars will allow for a little more aggressive riding position. I have ridden the original aero bars since 2009 including tons of sprints and Olympics, 2 70.3’s and an ironman. I have 3 weeks to make adjustments before my next race.
Final with bar tape.
There is a fine line between comfort and speed. I will be exploring this area quite a bit in the next few weeks.