As triathletes, we are part of a sport that doesn't come cheap. Unless, of course, we compare it to the cost of inactivity - but that's a discussion for a different day. The fact is, it costs money to compete, and very few of us have unlimited funds with which to work. So the question comes down to this: "What are the best investments I can make to get faster?"
You've seen the cost of the Aerobar Edge. You've also likely plugged your own numbers into our intriguing Aero Quotient (AQ) …Read more
An interesting lesson came to light during our drive from Colorado to the start of the Race Across America in Oceanside, CA. We are driving 2 Ford Explorers. Same model, same year, same everything - EXCEPT one is aero (no bikes on roof rack) and the other is non-aero (2 bikes on roof). We all know that makes a difference in fuel economy, but interestingly, it makes a significant difference! Upon each fuel re-fill, the "non-aero" bike required 10-15% more fuel!
This is a great reminder of …Read more
We had a great question yesterday from an athlete and thought some of you might be asking the same thing. This individual is a great athlete, but has chosen not to incorporate Power or Cadence into his training. Instead, he uses a standard GPS with a Heart Rate Monitor and wondered how the Aerobar Edge would benefit him if he wasn't accessing Power or Cadence data.
To bring it to life, I took my older bike out for a ride today with the Aerobar Edge on board. No power or …Read more
If you've been participating in Triathlons or Time Trial events for more than 5 minutes, you are likely well aware of the importance (and value to your results!) of maintaining an aero position. However, there is obviously a significant difference between "knowing" and "doing." Some of this difference is attributable to the body not being ready for drastic changes. Anyone who just decides to go full-time aero position will suffer the consequences of back pain, neck pain, soreness in the …Read more
Many triathletes and time trialists (including previously this writer) will tell you there's no doubt that their power drops when they move from upright (non-aero) to an aero position. As a result, when the going gets tough, it's a natural reaction to bail out of aero to grasp for those last few matches available in sitting. However, a study looked specifically at this issue and found - not surprisingly - that power in upright or aero is DIRECTLY CORRELATED TO TRAINING. For those …Read more
The article linked below does a good job of analyzing the critical areas for improving speed on a bike. It notes that a speed suit provides more benefit than a specific bike frame, that a helmet change actually does make a difference. Interesting read.
However, what isn't mentioned is that the importance of consistently maintaining an aero position trumps ALL of these components (combined). The article (appropriately) assumes that the reader already knows that aero position provides the …Read more
There is some interesting research on pedometers that demonstrates the simple act of wearing a pedometer (or similar) device to measure your daily steps actually increases the steps taken by 2,000+/day. How is that possible? It just sits there on your belt or attaches to your pants - why would your activity levels increase so significantly as a result of wearing a simple device?
The answer goes back to a tried and true management strategy: What Gets Measured... Gets Done We (all of us) have SO …Read more
While touring through some cycling forums, I ran across a discussion about the impact of aerobars. Did you know that aerobars can actually slow you down and require more power than without aerobars to maintain the same speed? Indeed! If you have aerobars on your bike but sit up with hands on the hoods, you'll be slower than having no aerobars at all! :-)
Obviously that's not the way aerobars were designed to be used. But take a look at most riders (with possible exception of the …Read more
If a person is generally satisfied with their place in life, there's no real reason to do things differently. It's working, right? So subtle changes or enhancements work just fine in keeping that individual on track. No reason to throw something new into the mix. HOWEVER, for the person who's wanting to make progress - to find another level of performance or results in life, incorporating only enhancements to current strategies won't produce the desired results. They'll likely …Read more
The Aerobar Edge team made our way to our very first Interbike in Las Vegas, NV last week. Wow - amazing, overwhelming, eye-opening and more! 1,272 different cycling companies from around the globe all in one place, showing off their new stuff, their best stuff, and enjoying time together among friends. We learned a lot and came away with many new friends. Here's the short list of what we learned...
There's a big difference between a "better" product and a "different" …Read more