Is Aero good for taller riders?

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BikeSwan
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Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby BikeSwan » Mon Nov 05, 2012 01:10 am

What I mean is . . . if your 6'4" and you have an aero road bike, does the aero advantage make as much of a difference as it would for a 5'7" rider? I convinced myself that it wasn't worth it, and the extra weight from having an Aero bike would be worse than what the advantage in aerodynamics could make up for. I was deciding between a Cannondale SuperSix Evo and an Cervelo S5, and I went for the Cannondale because of this.

Has anyone got any thoughts on this, or better yet, some hard data?

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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby Gabbo » Mon Nov 05, 2012 01:25 am

Bradley Wiggins: Won TDF time trial and Olympic time trial. Stands at 6ft3

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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby BikeSwan » Mon Nov 05, 2012 01:26 am

Gabbo wrote:Bradley Wiggins: Won TDF time trial and Olympic time trial. Stands at 6ft3


Thats pretty definitive isn't it really!

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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby Wily-Quixote » Mon Nov 05, 2012 01:49 am

Depends on your ability to get aero, I would have thought. If you're very inflexible the surface area of your upper body might negate the aero effects of the frame.

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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby Blancmange » Mon Nov 05, 2012 02:07 am

Gabbo wrote:Bradley Wiggins: Won TDF time trial and Olympic time trial. Stands at 6ft3


And weighed just 69kg. His forearms look to carry more muscle than his upper arms. Isn't his
team nickname Skinny ars*, or something.

I am 5' 9" and weigh 69kg, myself - with barely a 32" waist.

Can it be healthy in the long term for him to weigh so little?
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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby danowat » Mon Nov 05, 2012 07:08 am

It's about frontal area, regardless of height.......

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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby ugo.santalucia » Mon Nov 05, 2012 08:27 am

It doesn't say anything about tall riders

http://www.nestle.ca/en/products/brands/aero/index

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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby Joeblack » Mon Nov 05, 2012 09:39 am

Blancmange wrote:
Gabbo wrote:Bradley Wiggins: Won TDF time trial and Olympic time trial. Stands at 6ft3


And weighed just 69kg. His forearms look to carry more muscle than his upper arms. Isn't his
team nickname Skinny ars*, or something.

I am 5' 9" and weigh 69kg, myself - with barely a 32" waist.

Can it be healthy in the long term for him to weigh so little?



I'm 6'3" and once weighed 65kg I was very skinny, but still healthy the only problem you get is if you get ill your body can struggle to cope as it has very little reserves.

That said I now weigh 83kg after putting in a lot of work with nutrition and the gym, I'm a lot healthier now
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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby ALIHISGREAT » Mon Nov 05, 2012 09:56 am

Aero is aero... works the same whether you're 5ft5 of 6ft3...

If anything it has more of a benefit for bigger riders who are naturally outputting more power and cycling faster on the flat.. at higher speeds the benefit is greater.

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Re: Is Aero good for taller riders?

Postby FlacVest » Mon Nov 05, 2012 14:07 pm

It isn't about size, ultimately, it's about what your body can metabolize and put out. You can have all of the muscle in the world or be the most aerodynamic in terms of size, but if your body can't put out the power then you won't do well.

As others have said, Wiggins is an example of this; those guys could wear anything and still beat well, almost anybody in full kit. From my experiences though, just wearing cycling shorts and a tight jersey and riding on the hoods gives me a higher average than fitting gym shorts (running shorts, not baggy) and a dri-fit tshirt in the drops.

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