What Riders Saying About Their BP4 Handlebars
January 29, 2015
I have probably only put so far a few hundred miles but I love the bars. I can see a huge improvement in speed and effiiency. Also, I have felt a lot less shoulder discomfort, in the past any ride over 35 miles or so my shoulders would give out with a lot of pain and since with the BP4 bars barely any and with that I Love the bars more then anything!
“I am lucky enough to have gotten a bar to ride for a couple of months here in Boulder. While everyone has different needs, different preferences and different styles of riding, this is my experience of riding them. It took me about 4 rides of an hour or more miles to get used to the drop, but once I did i really enjoyed them. I tested four of my usual routes: flats, rolling hills, flagstaff, and a 3 hour ride and rode faster on all of them. Yes it could be that I was trying to be faster on them and skew the results, yes all the conditions weren’t the same and maybe i might have been getting fitter, but for me, I enjoyed the comfort for my overall position on the bike. It felt a bit easier breathing, pedaling, and staying in a power riding position. But again, nothing scientific, just my personal preference and needs. I like them and enjoy riding with them. As with anything in our sport, let’s give new products and ideas a chance and get more people riding”.
-IPA Endurance Coach
“I’ve been riding the bars for going on 3 weeks now and my general impression is that they are great for the flats and rolling courses. I used to race a lot of criteriums and these would have been the ultimate bar for these races. What I am getting is a third position (at the bend in the middle of the bar), which is a bit more aero than the brake hoods, but still gives me good handle bar control. The other thing I get with the bend is a lower position on the hoods with a more stable platform from which to position my hands; which is great for riding solo or in a pace line…it’s very comfortable…much more comfortable than a standard bar”.
Rob Parks- Anaheim Hills CA
“Comfortable, streamline, more hand positions just to name a few of the benefits . The breathing is much better with hand position on top of the bars with any climbs particularly when the grade increases. More stability on the descents because of the added hand position . Will never go back to a normal bar again”.
Scott Savin Sent from my iPhone
There is no doubt VO2 max is effort measurement related. So many variables?
Detailing;time,speed,watts,wgt,lean body mass,hct,heart rate,breaths per min,slow twitch,fast twitch ratio,lactate levels,temp,relative humidity, density altitude,age,all come together not always equally. I encourage the efforts to find a number say even between 1- 5% improvement would be amazing.
I know three factors without any science but perceived efforts to speed, heart rate, time, on said course.
Yesterday my effort was faster timed, heart rate 5-10 beats less, speed up .6mph over a 32 mile course. Feels like a 3% improvement 😉
Positioned lower, cut head wind, hands on canted portioned allow upper chest to be more open and I was better balance with my body mass more centered. Even the follow through with each peddling stroke was smoother up and down.
All the proof for me is, my “dream” bars have arrived.
p.s. Quote me!
Hi Rich, It is now beautiful here in Vt. It’s taken me awhile to adjust the new bars. I finally installed a Ritchey adjustable stem and raised it to the highest angle. Works fine. I found that you cannot rotate the bars in the stem as then the BP4 angle is wrong and puts torque on your wrists. So I kept adjusting the shifter levers and wrapping and unwrapping the bars with some cheap tape. Now I have them where I want them and have the Lizard Skins on and so far they are quite comfortable. Today I climbed a bit, not a long climb, but a 13%er for about a half mile. I’m still in the ‘slug’ stage physically but I’m very encouraged. I looked back at last year’s rides in the same time period and today was about .6 mph faster for this 24.4 mile route that includes the aforementioned climb. I’m an old guy(75yrs) so conditioning takes a bit longer than you young bucks. I’ll know better in about a month. I’ll keep you posted. Attached are some pics you might enjoy. Feel free to use them and my comments in your promo material. We” talk again after some longer climbs. Cheers. Stan