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IMO, you should spend a few months or more learning about the sport and yourself... your strengths/weaknesses and correct pacing. If you want to shave some time off your ride, invest in a skinsuit and Aero helmet before you invest in a TT bike. At least if you don't like it you've only spent $400-$500 as opposed to $5000!
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If, after that, you feel you like it, then look at a TT bike. You won't look like a tosser if you don't have a TT bike. Anyone who turns up to race on any bike is welcomed.
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So no big deal with the bike or equipment but if you think you could beat him in a TT you'd be welcome to try. He goes alright. I dont see the point in buying a TT bike for approx. 3-4 Time Trials per year when we can get a great aero position on the roady with 10 minutes fiddling with an allen key.
Its up to you what you do but my son has done 5 years of TTs on this set-up and is quite happy with it. Normal 10 speed road bike which he trains on every day and races on as well. Throw on some special wheels and an aero helmet and you will look fine and if you have the legs, you can win races on a setup like this.
Try it for a few races and see.
Good luck with it.
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Not every cyclist likes racing TTs, it would be a shame to spend a few grand on a TT bike, only to find you don't like racing TTs and have to sell it for about half what you paid for it, like plenty of other people do. A TT bike is good to race TTs, Triathlons and train alone and that is about it. Yes I do commute of mine ( but it is a training ride).
I race TTs with a couple of clubs and about 20% of all riders are racing on a road bike, no clipons, no special aero bits. So you will not be out of place, racing on a road bike with regular kit.
It took me 4 races and a lot of practise to get a better time on my TT bike, after starting racing on a road bike for the first 10 race series.
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You also don't need a super-bling TT bike if you want to buy new. A mate of mine races A-grade masters TT on an Aluminium Trek Frame that he got for under 2K. It's the same tube shape as the carbon high-end model, just a bit heavier (and maybe not quite as stiff). However, none of these attributes are critical for TT racing.
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As others have said, start off with a normal road bike first and see if you can cut the mustard!
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I am probably a fraction of my time faster with the right gears but who cares! I am only interested on what I can achieve and just currently competing against myself.
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