By Henry Robertshaw published
In this video we give you our four top tips for improving your aerodynamics, helping you to get faster without needing to do any extra training. What's not to like about that?
The first thing you can do is buy yourself some speed, and the flashiest way of doing this is definitely to treat yourself to an aero road bike such as the Canyon Aeroad or the 3T Strada. These will typically save you 10-20 watts over standard road bikes, with the latest bikes also coming with disc brakes for better stopping too.
However if you're after a slightly cheaper and simpler way to improve your aerodynamics, then something as simple as bending your elbows can make a big difference. This lowers the top half of your body to create a more aero position, and although it might be hard to hold for long periods of time, is certainly worth practising.
That links in nicely with our next tip, which is to be as small as you can to reduce the frontal area of your body exposed to the wind. That means tucking in your knees and elbows, and even tucking your head in which can make a surprising difference.
Finally, think about the clothing that you're wearing. Look for jerseys which are tight-fighting, some of which feature aerodynamic fabrics that are more aero than skin. Of course the ultimate aero gain when it comes to clothing is a skinsuit, which will get rid of any unnecessary material and make as aero, and as fast, as possible.
Henry Robertshaw began his time at Cycling Weekly working with the tech team, writing reviews, buying guides and appearing in videos advising on how to dress for the seasons. He later moved over to the news team, where his work focused on the professional peloton as well as legislation and provision for cycling. He's since moved his career in a new direction, with a role at the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.
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