Guide to Aerodynamic Cycling Accessories
Aerodynamics is a word often associated with marginal gains, wind tunnel testing and time-trials — but those gains are not only for the fastest riders. Aero shoe covers and gloves smooth the air flow over your pedalling silhouette — offering that competitive advantage; that watt saving; that free speed...
When we think of aerodynamics though, we think of silence… a zen-like state that you can achieve as you cut through the air like a knife through butter. Smooth. Sleek. Silent. It is a feeling that any bike rider relishes; and it is for everyone, not just time-trial specialists.
GripGrab Aero TT shoe covers and gloves are your key to Silent Speed.
The benefit of getting Aero
How much difference do aerodynamics make to a cyclist? Could you benefit from using aerodynamic gloves and overshoes?
Here is an analogy: imagine you are riding along into a strong headwind; it is hard work, and it can feel like you are riding uphill even on a flat road. Now, imagine you catch up with a teammate and tuck into their sheltering slipstream; the feeling is great; it requires a lot less effort and energy to go at the same speed: free speed.
Slipstreaming is a way to cheat the wind, and aero riding kit is another way to get a similar advantage. You can reduce your 'headwind' by making small changes to your kit and body position: less effort to reach the same speed.
Silent speed with aerodynamic cycling gloves
When you are curled into an aero riding 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 co-efficient, and as a result wearing aero cycling gloves is an easy aerodynamic win.
The GripGrab Aero TT Race Day Short Finger Gloves are designed with aerodynamics, time-trialling and speed in mind. Their long cuffs help to smooth the airflow around 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.
But you don’t need to be a local TT champion to benefit from the free speed that comes with aero kit. Slip on a pair of our Aero TT Race Day Short Finger Gloves and feel the benefit on a ride with mates: silent speed is a joy for every rider.