Time Trial Bikes

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Time Trial Bikes

Postby nicko95 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 10:23 am

What do you guys think of having Drop bars on a TT bike instead of having aerobars

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KGB
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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby KGB » Sun Feb 09, 2014 11:36 am

Isn't that called a road bike? :p

Seriously though, a pair of aero bars should be the first step towards setting up a proper TT bike and position. Are you talking about drop bars with aero clip-ons or just plain drop bars?

I rode the NSW team TT champs last road season as a last minute entry. I didn't have time to set up a TT bike and my roadie has carbon bars (not recommended to clamp aerobars on top) so I rode the 40km with just drop bars. It sucked. My arms were flogged and I certainly wasn't as aero as I could have been.
Being able to rest in a nice aero position, drive hard in an aero position and change gears in an aero position are BIG advantages.

There was a good comparison done about what the best bang for your buck aero upgrades are - position (and aerobars) are at the top of the list.
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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby nicko95 » Sun Feb 09, 2014 12:00 pm

yeah i was just wondering cause my mate was selling me his tt bike he has Zipp Vuka Aero bars on it and my bike has cinelli neo morphe handle bars, is it worth if able to install the neo morph handle bars on it and setup the bike for road race and when tt come up put the vuka's back on

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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby warthog1 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:03 pm

Nothing at all wrong with it :wink:

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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby KGB » Wed Feb 12, 2014 2:08 pm

Just make sure its legal for road racing (unlike a softride!) And that you can get your position correct.
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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby warthog1 » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:17 pm

More importantly make sure it's not as butt ugly as that POS soft ride.


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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby KGB » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:17 am

Hahahaha.
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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby Derny Driver » Mon Mar 03, 2014 11:22 pm

KGB wrote: Are you talking about drop bars with aero clip-ons or just plain drop bars?
.....Being able to rest in a nice aero position, drive hard in an aero position and change gears in an aero position are BIG advantages.

My son is a cyclist and does about 3 or 4 time trials per year. I cant justify the expense of a TT bike (along with his road bike, track bike, BMX, MTB).
I bought a disc on the marketplace here very cheaply. Got some clip on bars from my LBS for next to nothing, out of an old unwanted bits bin.
For Time Trials we slide the seat fully forward on the rails, put the seat up about 4mm, and put the clip-ons on. Add disc wheel and second hand helmet I also bought on a forum.
If you look at his position in Photo 3, its pretty good for a road bike. He won this 26k TT by 46 seconds and had to slow down to miss a goat along the road.
So yes, what KGB said. Get some clip on wally bars for your bike.

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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby Nikolai » Sun Mar 16, 2014 9:41 am

Love your work, Derny. Simple, no nonsense approach.


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Re: Time Trial Bikes

Postby Parker » Sun Mar 16, 2014 4:58 pm

LMAO

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