Are Road Cycling Handlebars Aerodynamic?
To be aerodynamic or not aerodynamic, that is the question: That is a very good question. The industry would like to think so, but the bottom line is that handlebars are NOT aerodynamic, you are, or you should be. Let’s take a look at how this all got started shall we. Bike companies are always trying to improve how fast a human can move through space. They do this by tweeking the tubes of bikes, use different shaped spokes, cool pointy helmets, water bottle cages etc. All this to make you, the rider, cut through the air like a hot knife through butter. These can all add up to improved speed and reduced times, especially for racing, but they do not address the main factor in getting aero, and that is you, the rider. When we look at how we are on the bike, there are 3 points of contact, the seat, pedals and handlebars. What I have seen over the years are innovations in pedal technology for comfort and function (no improvements in aero here), and the seat just needs to be as comfy as possible. You know where I haven’t seen any work done? You guessed it, the handlebars. Why is that? All this wind tunnel testing to decrease the drag coefficient, did I mention they do most of this testing without a rider? But I digress. The last big change was when Greg LaMond used aero bars to win the Tour De France, he came out of…Read More
What Are The Best Handlebars For Climbing?
So, you want to know about the best handlebars for climbing. Lucky for you, you found this article. I will go through what you should look for when finding the right handlebars to help you climb like a mountain goat. For the better part of a century, road cycling handlebars have not made much headway in giving you, the rider, the best of all worlds when it comes to differing conditions and situations. Let me explain. The real estate that all bars provide are the tops, the hoods and the drops. These 3 positions, up until now, have been what you got to choose from to ride uphill, downhill, headwind and any combination of those situations. So, what are you looking for when it comes to climbing? A biomechanically correct position, that’s what you are looking for. I have been riding for over 30 years and I can tell you from experience that I didn’t know what I was missing, position wise, until I got what I was missing. Well, that sounds confusing! Since all bars give you the same standard positions, you either used the tops and the hoods as your “go to” positions. There is a problem with that. The tops are not comfortable (admit it) because they are flat and twist(over pronate) the wrists, thus causing you to bring muscles into the effort that don’t belong, like the pectoralis major, minor and deltoids. This added added workload takes energy away from where it needs to go (the…Read More
Why Do My Wrists Hurt When I Ride?
What can I do to keep my hands from going numb when I ride? There are a few reasons why your wrists hurt when you ride. It could be that the bike is not fitted for your body, wrong size stem, or maybe it is your handlebars. Most riders spend the vast majority of their time on the hoods. I have found this is to be true (30 years of riding) because the tops are not comfortable and the drops are no better. The biggest problem I have found is that most handlebars do not follow the natural biomechanics of how we humans are put together. The main reason the tops are like a vast wasteland of real estate is because they cause us to over pronate our wrists and place excess pressure on the radial and/or ulnar nerves. This problem leads to numb fingers and sore wrists. What is the answer for sore wrists and hands when I ride? What we are all looking for is a position that puts our hands, wrists and forearms into a biomechanically correct position. Fortunately for you there is a simple answer and that is the BP4 Handlebar. Why you ask? Well, the answer is simple. BP4 took a look at the biggest drawback of most bars on the market and figured there had to be a better way. You know what, there was. It was soooo simple it has eluded the bike industry for at least a century. I eluded earlier in…Read More
Where Can I Buy The BP4 Handlebars?
Well,You Can Buy Your BP4 Handlebars RIGHT HERE BP4 Handlebars Are Available here at Team Bp4.bike As a cyclist, that is one of the smartest questions you will ever ask. Fortunately for you, you have found the place that will make your new best pair of BP4 handlebars can be purchased. Now we know that a change in design that essentially has not been updated in about a century, you probably have some questions. Over the past 3 years, yes 3 years, we determined what was the ideal bend (45 degrees) in the “tops” of a conventional bar and had the first bars made. It didn’t take much tweeking to dial them in and get the finished product. Where can I get the “real” data on the BP4 handlebars? We have provided links in the navigation bar leading you to the data we have accumulated that show the “real” data that will bring not only improved comfort, but increased performance and aerodynamics. I have provided the links here to make it easier to find the facts about these amazing bars. Stats, wind tunnel testing.Read More