There was one stipulation: I had to find my own padding for the elbow rests. Believe it or not, I found some foam in the kids section of the local crafts store that worked just fine. Total cost, including velcro, glue and foam: about $7. It didn’t take long before I realized I’d have a pretty quick and substantial ROI.
I wasn’t feeling too patient, so as quickly as I could, I hopped on the bike in a pair of jeans, a t-shirt and tennis shoes. The first thing I noticed was that staying above 25 mph was much easier, even into a headwind. The second thing I noticed was that spending energy quickly was much easier. On my first ride with the aeros, I clocked a kilometer at 1:25 without getting out of the saddle–and that was into a light cross/headwind. So right off the bat, I’m thinking, "This could be a lot of fun."
Somehow, I haven’t been able to get back on my bike without trying to see how fast I can go without breaking a sweat. So much for recovering from my Pass Climb on Saturday.
Now, do I anticipate these helping with my Teton Pass climbing goal? Not really. I’ve read that aerodynamics have little or no effect when you’re traveling at less than 10 mph. But they’re doing a good job of making road bike riding more interesting for me. Like I said, this could be a lot of fun.