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How to become more aerodynamic and faster on a road bicycle

by Dragon Bicycles

To be more aerodynamic on a road bicycle, you can focus on several key areas that contribute to reducing drag and increasing your efficiency. Here are some tips to help you improve your aerodynamics on a road bike:

  1. Riding position: The most crucial factor in aerodynamics is your body position. Aim to achieve a lower and more streamlined riding position. This means bending your elbows, lowering your torso, and tucking your head closer to the handlebars. This helps minimize your frontal area and reduces wind resistance.

  2. Bike fit: Ensure your bike is properly fitted to your body measurements. A professional bike fit can help you optimize your position, ensuring that you have the correct saddle height, reach, and handlebar position. A good bike fit can significantly improve your comfort, power output, and aerodynamics.

  3. Aerodynamic clothing: Wear tight-fitting clothing that minimizes flapping and drag. Look for cycling jerseys and shorts made from aerodynamic fabrics that have a sleek, slippery surface. Consider investing in an aerodynamic skin suit if you're looking for further gains.

  4. Helmet choice: Opt for a helmet specifically designed for aerodynamics. These helmets typically have a smooth, rounded shape and often feature vents that can be closed to reduce drag. A good aerodynamic helmet can make a noticeable difference in your overall aerodynamic profile.

  5. Wheels: Consider using deep-section wheels or aerodynamic carbon fiber wheels, 38mm to 50mm in depth. These wheels have a more streamlined shape, reducing turbulence and drag caused by the spokes. However, keep in mind that deep-section wheels can be more affected by crosswinds, so choose wisely based on the typical wind conditions of your rides.

  6. Streamlined accessories: Minimize unnecessary accessories on your bike that can create additional drag. Remove any water bottles or items that are not needed. If you require storage, consider using an aerodynamic saddlebag or frame-mounted storage options.

  7. Practice good technique: Work on maintaining a smooth and steady pedaling cadence. Avoid excessive upper body movement, which can create turbulence and increase drag. Focus on pedaling in a fluid motion while keeping your upper body stable and still.

  8. Train in a group: Riding in a group or drafting behind other cyclists can significantly reduce wind resistance and save energy. However, ensure you maintain a safe distance and follow proper group riding etiquette.

Remember that becoming more aerodynamic takes time and practice. Gradually work on adjusting your position and incorporating these tips into your cycling routine. Monitor your progress through time trials or by measuring your speed and power output. Consulting with a professional coach or your Dragon representative can also provide valuable insights tailored to your specific needs and goals.