Should I get flared handlebars for my road bike?

Turns out there are more benefits to flare than simply getting your hands out the way of your bar bag...

Aero handlebars
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The gravel riding world has widely adopted flared handlebars; the wider stance when locked in the drops offers greater control on technical terrain. But are there any performance gains a died-in-the-wool roadie could reap from the addition of a little flare like those found on the best gravel bike handlebars

Those more patrial to tarmac can arguably use a flared bar to bring their hands closer together on the tops, whilst still gaining a wider and more stable stance on the drops.

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Stefan Abram
Tech features editor

After winning the 2019 National Single-Speed Cross-Country Mountain Biking Championships and claiming the plushie unicorn (true story), Stefan swapped the flat-bars for drop-bars and has never looked back. 

Since then, he’s earnt his 2ⁿᵈ cat racing licence in his first season racing as a third, completed the South Downs Double in under 20 hours and Everested in under 12.

But his favourite rides are multiday bikepacking trips, with all the huge amount of cycling tech and long days spent exploring new roads and trails - as well as histories and cultures. Most recently, he’s spent two weeks riding from Budapest into the mountains of Slovakia

Height: 177cm

Weight: 67–69kg