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Aero at slow speeds

Posted August 07, 2018 07:19PM by Skye in the Cycling Forum
Aero at slow speeds
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@TheStaminist   Skye Nott
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With most manufacturer test results recorded at 40 or 50 kph (this new thing saves X seconds!) I've always wondered if riding in an aero position made much difference at my slower pace (low 30s these days). Turns out Specialized tested exactly that in their wind tunnel recently:



I was surprised to learn that the "hoods vs drops" test at 50 kph and 20 kph yielded an almost identical time saving of 15% over a 40k distance.

I guess the change in wind sound is just a lot more noticeable when you're in an aero position at higher speeds....

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Skye
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@TheStaminist   Skye Nott
Location: Vancouver, Canada
Joined: 3 years ago   Posts: 517

This video in the same Specialized "Win Tunnel" series does a great job of explaining why aero savings at slow speeds matter:



Basically, even though you're saving less at slow speeds, because you're spending longer riding the same distance vs a faster rider, those small aero gains add up to around the same as the bigger gains over a smaller time.

I know I'll be spending more time in the drops even when I'm soft pedaling!

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