How much difference does aerodynamics make to a cyclist? Could you benefit from using aerodynamic gloves and overshoes? In this guide, we consider the question.
Here is an analogy: imagine you are riding along into a strong headwind; it is hard work, and it feels like you are riding uphill. Now, imagine you catch up with a teammate and tuck into his sheltering slipstream; the feeling is great, it requires a lot less energy to go at the same speed. This is just like getting the AERO advantage: you can reduce your 'headwind' by making small changes to your kit and body position; it is cheating the wind, and equates to needing less effort to reach the same speed.
When you are curled in the aero tuck position, especially on aero-bar extensions, then your hands are one of the first things to 'hit' the wind. Smoothing out the profile of your hands gives you a distinctly lower drag coefficient, and as a result, wearing aerodynamic gloves is an easy aero win.
The GripGrab Aero TT Short Finger Gloves are designed with aerodynamics, time-trialing, and speed in mind. Their long cuffs help to smooth the junction of your wrists, and the high-stretch backing material will smooth airflow over your knuckles. Wearing these is a simple way to improve the airflow over your exposed hands.
The GripGrab Aero TT Gloves will also help enhance comfort levels, as they feature strategically placed DoctorGel padding, which is designed to be cushioning when you are on the aero bars. Added comfort means added performance, so you will be able to ride further, faster!
Your spinning feet are one of the greatest sources of air resistance and drag when you are cycling. Wearing overshoes is a quick-win to make yourself more aerodynamic.
The GripGrab RaceAero TT Overshoes are our most aerodynamic overshoes to date. The extra tall cuff helps to smooth airflow around your calf and ankles, whilst the stretch material on the shoe top surface helps to reduce turbulence caused by the buckles and dials found on your cycling shoes. Wearing GripGrab RaceAero TT Overshoes is a bit like greasing your spinning legs; you are helping them to slip through the wind with significantly less resistance. Lightning fast!
It takes a few seconds to put on a pair of aero gloves and overshoes, but it could save you minutes over the course of a time trial. The GripGrab Race Aero range is your opportunity to cheat the wind!