How to become more aero

How to become more aero 

When trying to become faster on the bike, we often hear that we need to become more aero in order to do so. However, knowing how to do this can be a challenge. 

In our quest to becoming faster on the bike, many factors play a key role. Being aero is important, but so is, the bike you are riding, your training plan and your outfit. There are many gadgets that can help us achieve this, but they can be costly. The first factor to improve on your journey to becoming more aero is you! To become even quicker you need to reduce the drag caused whilst riding, which is done through getting lower, taking up the position and making yourself more aerodynamic. 

These tips won’t cost you anything extra, and can help you become more aero: 

1.) Correct Position

We want to be low down, however, you still need to be able to generate enough power to continue pedalling at a good rate. 

The head position should be nice and low, so move your head towards your chest, and then forwards. You should still remain looking up, so that you can see where you are going! The next step is to raise your shoulders up towards your ears, this helps to compact your body and helps to reduce the drag. 

When you are feeling comfortable with the first stages, next you need to focus on flattening your back. Make sure your hands are in a good position and gradually start to move your back forwards, tucking your elbows in. This will help you become flatter and in that position, we should all aim to be able to achieve.

Changing position and old habits do not come easy. Therefore, it is important to give yourself time to adapt and make sure you practice in training and improving over time. 

2.) Improve your flexibility and strength
So the position described above, and the one we watch many great riders perform, is the ideal position to become more aero. However, it is changing and when you start off, can be very uncomfortable. On your journey to becoming more aero, it is important that you work on improving your flexibility and strength. This will firstly help you achieve the key position, and secondly, enable you to stay there, whilst still exerting large amounts of power. 

3.) Helmet
There are so many different helmets out there, with lots of different aero road helmets to choose from. These can be extremely costly. If you are happy with your helmet, there may not be any need to change. However, if you are looking to do everything you can to become more aero, it is worth doing some research and taking a look around for the best aero helmet on the market. 

4.) Wheels
Wheels play a big part of any bike, and also a big part in becoming more aero. Aero wheels or deep rims, of above 30mm, will help give you speed. If you are looking to not only improve your position but also improve your bike to become more aero, it is certainly worth taking a look and considering a wheel change. 

5.) Outfit
When trying to become more aero it is important you are wearing the appropriate outfit to help you do this. The tighter you are, from your bike, position and outfit, the less drag you will create and the more aero you will become. Make sure you zip up your jersey and that your shorts are also tight. 

It is important to remember that every little change you make can help improve how aero you are. But equally, it is important to give these changes time. This is so that you are able to adapt to them before a race. The bike and your outfit are obviously very important. However, before splashing out, try to improve your position on the bike. This is one thing we can all do, which is guaranteed to give us better results. 

James Walsgrove

My cycling career started in 2005 when I purchased my first road bike and I was immediately hooked. Since then I have completed numerous cycling challenges including Ironman, Lands’ End to John O Groats, Mt Ventoux (all 3 ascents), London to Paris, the BBAR challenge which included a 12hour TimeTrial and more recently the Mallorca 312.

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