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Offline mrknayte1031

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USAT Aero Bars Clarification
« on: April 30, 2018, 09:00:19 PM »
Hey there ladies and gents!

I'm about to attend my first ever tri and I am looking for some advice.  It is a USAT sanctioned sprint tri.  My main question is: what is the rule about how far your aero bars can stick out in front of your usual hoods/drops?  I plan to attach a set of clip-on aero bars.  But, I want to make sure they are set up properly so that I don't get any disqualifications etc.  Can anyone here help me understand aside from throwing the rule book at me?  Pictures always help!

Thank you in advance!

-Nate

Offline ACE

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Re: USAT Aero Bars Clarification
« Reply #1 on: May 01, 2018, 01:28:19 PM »
Hi Nate,

Welcome to the site!  I have done many USAT sanctioned triathlons sprint races.  The biggest thing they usually look for is whether or not your bar ends are plugged so you don't gore yourself or others in case of a crash.

I am not sure there is a specific rule regarding how far they stick out....my assumption would be that you can go as far as your setup will allow and that most manufacturers would keep them within a certain spec so you don't have to worry about it.  I'll do some research and see what I can find out.

Cheers!

Ace

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Re: USAT Aero Bars Clarification
« Reply #2 on: May 06, 2018, 10:25:33 PM »
Hey Nate!
As far as I know, as Ace said, there's no ruling as to how far out they can be. The only place this may come into effect is really the ruling that your bike cannot be more than 2 meters/6.5 feet long. But the likelihood of a volunteer or race official pulling out a measuring tape to check that is pretty much 0.

When/what is your first race?
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