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Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« on: April 04, 2018, 10:01:32 AM »
First a warning- I have been using my tri-bike on the trainer all winter. I also sweat... a lot. So when I went to get aero last week for a long effort and stretch out, the arm rest on my Profile aerobars snapped off. Im happy this happened on the trainer and not at a race or training ride. That being said, please wipe down your equipment and do you best to get the sweat off your rig. Sweat will destroy all sorts of stuff.

After some research, I settled on the Zipp Vuka aero clipons. I really like their ease of setup. The downside to the profile bars was having to always remove the armrest pads to access screws and then removing the entire rest to get at other screws. So a simple adjustment turned into a much larger project. The ZIPP bars appear to have all adjustment screws in the open, so you dont have to disassemble anything to tweak your setup.

I plan to get started tonight with the conversion, so Ill post some pics of the progress for everyone to see. I was also happy to see that the bars that I picked were also the highest rated bars in Triathlete Magazine's annual gear review... so I feel justified in the research I did.

Happy wrenching!

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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #1 on: April 04, 2018, 10:24:29 AM »
I use a fan in the pain cave to help reduce the sweat levels.

Were the previous bars aluminum?  Sweat shouldn't reduce the structure of aluminum, right?

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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #2 on: April 04, 2018, 10:32:56 AM »
Yes- old bars were aluminum...

I researched that information from a few places about corrosion from sweat. The good thing is that most handlebars are coated/painted to keep corrosion at bay, but if there is a scratch in that surface, and its under your bar tape, the corrosion can be quite serious.

In my instance, the sweat got into one of the screw holes that mounted the armrest to the bars. Over time, the sweat ate the aluminum. The bars were 2nd hand, so not sure what the prior owner did to them.

Image below is of a set of handlebars that are corroding. This is on top of the protective coating that the bars have. If the aluminum was raw, like in the hole that the screw goes into, the corrosive power of sweat just goes through the roof.




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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #3 on: April 05, 2018, 01:23:23 AM »
Some photos from progress tonight.  I need new cable housings since the routing changed a bit on the new setup. 



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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #4 on: April 06, 2018, 08:19:33 AM »
That is insane!!!

@ACE... where do I find the "mouth open, OMG" emoji? lol!

Do gif's work in here?
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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #5 on: April 06, 2018, 04:32:40 PM »
@ACE... where do I find the "mouth open, OMG" emoji? lol!

Funny you should mention that....I was just thinking I need to update the emoji list to at least include swim, bike, run emoticons, right?!?1?

I will work on that this weekend.  ;D

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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #6 on: April 06, 2018, 04:33:44 PM »
@ACE... where do I find the "mouth open, OMG" emoji? lol!

Funny you should mention that....I was just thinking I need to update the emoji list to at least include swim, bike, run emoticons, right?!?1?

I will work on that this weekend.  ;D

yeaaa! For now I'll add emoji's via tapatalk and see how the forum handles it.
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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #7 on: April 07, 2018, 04:29:29 PM »
Maybe this belongs in an FAQ thread but... 
At the end of the winter training season take off your handlebar tape, wash everything that you sweated on, check for corrosion and cracked pieces. 
Handlebar tape and an hour of maintenance is significantly cheaper than an emergency room co-pay.

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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #8 on: April 08, 2018, 08:57:27 AM »
Maybe this belongs in an FAQ thread but... 
At the end of the winter training season take off your handlebar tape, wash everything that you sweated on, check for corrosion and cracked pieces. 
Handlebar tape and an hour of maintenance is significantly cheaper than an emergency room co-pay.
Yes.  Much cheaper.  Haha.  Again, glad it happened on the trainer and not on the road.

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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #9 on: April 18, 2018, 09:52:47 PM »
Got the bars on. New shifters were needed too. Old ones just couldn't get the rear derailer indexed correctly... too much slop in the indents of the shifter.  Also threw on some cork bar tape and I think I finished product came out well.  Just need to fine tune my position on the trainer tomorrow night and I'll be ready!

More photos... I also like the cable routing over the old profile bars.





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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #10 on: May 01, 2018, 01:29:52 PM »
Looks great!  Do you have a good link for a "how-to" on re-doing bar tape and suggestions on brand?   The bar tape on my tri tape was installed backwards by the manufacturer and I want to redo it before the season kicks into high-gear.

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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #11 on: May 06, 2018, 10:26:33 PM »
Looks great!  Do you have a good link for a "how-to" on re-doing bar tape and suggestions on brand?   The bar tape on my tri tape was installed backwards by the manufacturer and I want to redo it before the season kicks into high-gear.

Yes please @mgrogan! I am needing to do the same and would love to hear your thoughts.
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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #12 on: May 07, 2018, 03:29:06 PM »
There were a couple of videos out there that I watched, but they all related back to road drop bars. The videos were by GCN and Park Tool and both were done well, but I wanted one specific to the tri bike.

I found this guys video. It is a little longer than it needs to be... for example, he discusses which color bar tape would be good for his bike and look the best. I really just wanted a how to steps video, but his content is pretty good and explains which way to wrap the tape and such.

Give it a watch and let me know if it is helpful. Maybe I should do my own video....


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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #13 on: May 14, 2018, 09:28:49 PM »
Thanks Matt.  I just ordered some new tape and will give it a shot next week when it comes in.

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Re: Zipp Vuka Aero Bars
« Reply #14 on: May 22, 2018, 02:49:42 PM »
its been over a week- did you try it out yet?