QBike lists only the top names in aerobars, clip on aero bars, and handlebars in the triathlon industry, including: Easton, Profile-Design, Blackwell Research, Syntace, Vision Tech, Oval Concepts, HED, and Zipp. Adjustable aero bars, integrated aero bars, we have what you need. You will also find several key accessories for each of these aerobars within each corresponding section: Profile Design, Zipp, HED, Syntace, Oval Concepts, Vision Tech, Easton, Kestrel. Aerobar and Handlebar Accessories. The cycling position with aerobars helps to improve aerodynamics by lowering the cyclist's torso and creating a smaller overall "drag profile" In addition, many triathletes feel cycling in this position helps preserve the muscles used in running by emphasizing pedaling with non-running muscle groups. The concept of a tri specific bicycle was pioneered by Ralph Ray and Dan Empfield in the late 1980s. A triathlon specific bicycle "built from the aerobars back" - which provides an aerodynamic advantage as well as more power when in the "aero" position. Aerobars, also commonly referred to as "tri-bars," are handlebars or bullhorn bars designed to reduce the cyclist's wind profile. Triathlon played a key role in the development of cycling with an aero geometry. Aerobars are used in other forms of cycling, such as time trials and some events in track cycling Instead of the familiar curved "drop bars" of road bicycles, aerobars are mounted to a set of "pace bars" or "bull-horns" A pair of bars stretches straight forward from the center of these handlebars at the stem of the fork Padded cups or pads in the middle of the bars support the athlete's elbows and/or forearms while the hands are stretched forward to hold the center bars This position keeps the rider's elbows in close to the body and lowers his or her torso compared to the usual upright position The brake levers are mounted on the side horns; the rider will hold these instead of the center bars when braking or maneuvering is required Often the shifters for the derailleur gears are mounted at the tips of the aero bars allowing the athlete to change gear ratios without compromising their aerodynamic position Riding with aerobars is facilitated by adopting a steep seat-tube angle, often referred to as an "aggressive" geometry The forward nature of this positioning is not as easy to control as traditional seat tube angle and upright position Maneuverability is compromised for an aerodynamic body position when a bike is fitted with low aerobars. The International Triathlon Union regulates the size of aerobars used in competition for draft-legal races. Triathlons allowing drafting promote cycling in a group during triathlon, so allowing athletes to compete with aggressive geometry bikes compromises safety to a degree as maneuverability with aerobars is reduced. Professional triathletes competing in draft-legal races use "shorty" aerobars mounted on traditional drop handlebars. These areobars are functional, but could use a couple of modifications. First, let me say that I put them on way small diameter handle bars using thick aluminum shims that I made from bar stock. The tuck position can be far less tiring than a normal riding position, and it is a huge time advantage when riding into the wind. You can gain up to 2 mph riding with aerobars, as a rough estimate. Are aerobars only for time trial or triathlon? Some cyclists use them for commuting and it can make the ride much better. Bike destabilization can be an issue, but you will get confident and comfortable using them after riding with aerobars long enough. You can adjust aerobars so that they do not sit that low, if it is a better bike fit. Setting your aerobars higher than recommended for optimal performance, you may find them a little more comfortable. How to position aerobars: you can set the arm rests fairly wide apart so your elbows are not tucked in too tight. Doing so may add to comfort and stability due to the wider base it gives your arms. With your arms on the elbow pads of aero equipment, any input - like the jarring effect from the road or hitting debris - is magnified in the steering of the bike. You will ride confidently with your aerobars with some practice and familiarization.