Splitstream Dynamic Triathlon Handlebars make switching a breeze
By Mick Webb
February 17, 2009
Up until now, triathletes over have had no option other than to switch between two different handlebar set-ups when cycling. This could be set to become a thing of the past with the design of the Splitstream Dynamic Triathlon Handlebars.
Depending on the terrain they are traversing, it has been necessary to swap between a “control” set of bars while navigating tight turns and steep terrain, and an “aero” set during long flat stretches of a course. Not only has this been a hazard in terms of safety, but it has presented an inconvenience to the cyclist too. The SplitStream Dynamic Triathlon Handlebar design not only solves these problems, but brings several other advantages along for the ride.
The design of these handlebars utilizes a hinge mechanism in the center which enables the cyclist to seamlessly navigate between the two types. A spring loaded collapsible design means that for the first time athletes can remain focused and keep their eyes on the prize while switching between positions. Unlike other triathlon standard handlebars, the brakes and gears remain at the cyclist’s disposal at all times. This not only increases the safety aspect of the ride but also allows the athlete to be more competitive as the handlebars do away with the need for an extra set of outer wings, meaning the aerodynamics of the ride are improved.
The brainchild of design student David Baggeroer of the Stanford University, the SplitStream Dynamic Triathlon Handlebars prototype has been recognized with a nod from the Dyson Student Design Competition.
For more information take a look at David’s blog .