Aero optimisation: you or the bike?

The characteristics of aero road bikes are beginning to transcend all genres - but could you adjust your position for bigger gains?

Weight weenies move over. There’s a new metric to obsess over in this decade, and it’s cheating the wind.

With the UCI weight limit sitting stubbornly at 6.8 kilograms, and modern bikes capable of coming in far lower, manufacturers and consumers alike have switched their focus quite substantially in the past few years to hone in on reducing aerodynamic drag.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan the Editor of Cycling Weekly website. An NCTJ qualified traditional journalist by trade, Michelle began her career working for local newspapers. She's worked within the cycling industry since 2012, and joined the Cycling Weekly team in 2017, having previously been Editor at Total Women's Cycling. Prior to welcoming her daughter in 2022, Michelle raced on the road, track, and in time trials, and still rides as much as she can - albeit a fair proportion indoors, for now.