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That part of the bar is for sprinting and you will really only see it used at the end of a race when the riders break for the finish line. Getting used to a bike is a task, especially with your grip. On a road bike you want to change your grip position often and it helps to wear cycling gloves as well for extra comfort. I like to shift grips from the lever to the bar every 5-10 minutes. If you start to get numb shake your hands out, it takes time to get used to it but it shouldn't feel uncomfortable if your bike is the right size to you. The triathlon aerobars are used for sprinting the entire time and will be even more uncomfortable to riders not used to them. I only like the aerobars on tri-bikes and not on road bikes as it puts you in an unnatural position.azbackpackr wrote:I have a question about touring bikes and road bikes. Why the lowslung curved racing handlebars when virtually NO ONE uses the lower part of the bars, since they all have a way to reach the brakes on the top of the bar anyway? On my roadbike I can barely even reach the lower rungs of the bars. I can't bend down that far, and then expect my neck to bend up to see. And I see very few other people ever use that part of the bars when I ride with a group. I am thinking about putting mtn. bike handle bars on it. I have no idea why I have to have those incredibly uncomfortable bars, which hurt my wrists and wear me out. Last time I rode it was in Yuma in January, and my friend thought I couldn't keep up with her because my legs were tired. My legs were fine. It was my hands and wrists that were killing me.
I have asked road bike people if they ever put their hands on the bottom rungs, and most of them say no. So I have to believe that the reason those handlebars are still sold is because people think they are supposed to look like Lance Armstrong. Most of the people I ride with in Yuma have those triathlon things they rest their arms on.
I like mine on the brakes as well. But most triathletes rarely use the brakes during an event, and they want to stay in the aero position as much as possible, hence the bar-end shifters on the aero bars. Look at the Tour de France time trial bikes....they have the shifters on the aero bars as well for the same reason.azbackpackr wrote:My shifters are in the brake handles. Seems to work fine. I wouldn't want them on the bar ends because then I would have to move my hands. Doesn't make sense to me.