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Seeking Aerobar Pad/Cradle Input
So on my long ride yesterday, I managed to bust the screw holes out on one of the cradles on my aluminum 3T Auro Pro aerobars. I always thought they felt really flimsy, and being about 225 lbs I knew I had to be putting a lot of weight on them. These were apparently the best match my fitter could come up with for my short reach and tall stack, and still I feel like I'm not as stable as I could be (and like I am on my road bike extensions) with how narrow the pads sit, and I rest really wide on them.
I've discovered that the standard plastic cradles can be replaced by alloy, or, of course, carbon fiber. Done a little shopping around so I see how much these would run. Hadn't realized how many options there were, that there were compact vs comfort formats, or that there were some allegedly-more-comfortable aftermarket pads - Cee Gees are the brand I discovered, but maybe there are others.
Anybody have any input from experience using some of these or similar options? I'm wondering if there could be more to it that purely personal preference and tolerance for discomfort. I doubt if the alloy vs carbon weight difference matters much at my current race weight. I did try hunching down and resting on the base bar for brief periods during the remainder of my ride, and that's probably not sustainable.
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