Aero handlebars are bicycle handlebars designed to reduce aerodynamic drag and improve the rider’s performance.
Aero handlebars typically have a flat or wing-shaped top section and may also have extensions or armrests that allow the rider to adopt a more aerodynamic position. Road cyclists, triathletes, and time trialists commonly use Aero handlebars.
The term aero handlebar comes from the word aerodynamic, relating to air movement and the forces that affect objects moving through it.
Today, aero handlebars come together with aero bikes, such as the Cervelo S5, Trek Madone and Giant Propel Advanced SL.
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He has been riding road bikes actively for the past 12 years and started racing competitively in the senior category during the summer recently.