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Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Sat Feb 12, 2011 4:49 pm

One of my TT over socks has been missing for 6 months, so its doing a good job of hiding

Looking at PBK, my options seem to be in 2 broad categories;
1. silicon covered lycra
2. lycra

Looking at the available options on PBK, I can't really see whether there is any performance difference? Is there any? If so I will put a preference to performance, if not I'll buy on price and style

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Postby BoardRider » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:08 pm

Whats TT stand for ? I guess it might be a shoe cover of sorts. Whats their benefit
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby sogood » Sat Feb 12, 2011 5:27 pm

Wouldn't those silicon covered covers be hotter as they won't aerate?
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby ZepinAtor » Sat Feb 12, 2011 6:02 pm

BoardRider wrote:Whats TT stand for ? I guess it might be a shoe cover of sorts. Whats their benefit


TT is usually short for Time Trial. Shoe covers are supposed to even out the surface of the shoe for better aerodynamics + tear drop helmet & full length skin suit of course.

As for the lost sock look here for the ultimate answer--------------------> viewtopic.php?f=37&t=36282
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:51 pm

sogood wrote:Wouldn't those silicon covered covers be hotter as they won't aerate?


Yes

However in a TT you are sitting in a decent amount of wind
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Sat Feb 12, 2011 7:52 pm

ZepinAtor wrote:
BoardRider wrote:Whats TT stand for ? I guess it might be a shoe cover of sorts. Whats their benefit


TT is usually short for Time Trial. Shoe covers are supposed to even out the surface of the shoe for better aerodynamics + tear drop helmet & full length skin suit of course.

As for the lost sock look here for the ultimate answer--------------------> http://www.bicycles.net.au/forums/viewt ... 37&t=36282


LOL, I lost a sock in NZ. Sis finally found it and I told her it cost $15 so she posted it back to me
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Choosing TT over socks

Postby Redbull » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:00 pm

Check put prendas.co.uk Mike. They have a good range of styles at reasonable prices.
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Sat Feb 12, 2011 10:44 pm

Redbull wrote:Check put prendas.co.uk Mike. They have a good range of styles at reasonable prices.


Really interesting site, I can see myself buying a few things.

Still looking for an answer on which type of TT oversocks to go for
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby Ross » Sun Feb 13, 2011 6:08 pm

Just the thin lycra ones. Downside to them they are quite fragile and get holes in them easily if you walk around with them on. The silicone ones might be a winter/weatherproof thing?
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby Romper » Wed Feb 16, 2011 4:26 pm

http://www.wiggle.co.uk/pro-aerofoil-road-overshoes/

I have a pair of these, their pretty rad. Had no troubles getting hot but i haven't worn them that many times.

lycra = more cooler

plasticy stuff on lycra = more aero

I guess it's about how long your TT's are and if you live in a hot place or a cool place
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Wed Feb 16, 2011 8:59 pm

My TT's are 19 or 38k hilly. So not particularly long. Perhaps I should buy 2 pairs - The silicon covered ones and some plain lycra ones
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Choosing TT over socks

Postby Parrott » Thu Feb 17, 2011 8:48 am

I've got a few sets of Lycra ones. They wear out pretty quick when you walk in them. There is probably not much difference in the aero benefit between either type at our more pedestrian, non pro speeds.
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby Alex Simmons/RST » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:47 pm

ZepinAtor wrote:
BoardRider wrote:Whats TT stand for ? I guess it might be a shoe cover of sorts. Whats their benefit


TT is usually short for Time Trial. Shoe covers are supposed to even out the surface of the shoe for better aerodynamics + tear drop helmet & full length skin suit of course.

Using lycra booties over shoes is not always more aerodynamic than not wearing them.

One should do their aero testing...
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby sogood » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:51 pm

Alex Simmons/RST wrote:Using lycra booties over shoes is not always more aerodynamic than not wearing them.

Any explanation for this? Is it shoe design dependent?
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Sun Feb 20, 2011 4:52 pm



I'm thinking of getting the same ones, probably from PBK and make up enough order to beat the postage
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby Alex Simmons/RST » Sun Feb 20, 2011 5:35 pm

sogood wrote:
Alex Simmons/RST wrote:Using lycra booties over shoes is not always more aerodynamic than not wearing them.

Any explanation for this? Is it shoe design dependent?

Yes, I was privileged to learn the result of some aero testing which showed that it's not always better to wear booties. It can be but not always. I cannot however reveal source or data.

IOW, perform your own testing to know you are making sound decisions regarding aerodynamic improvements.
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby Romper » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:25 pm

Like if you have a pair of these
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Sun Feb 20, 2011 8:52 pm

Alex Simmons/RST wrote:
sogood wrote:
Alex Simmons/RST wrote:Using lycra booties over shoes is not always more aerodynamic than not wearing them.

Any explanation for this? Is it shoe design dependent?

Yes, I was privileged to learn the result of some aero testing which showed that it's not always better to wear booties. It can be but not always. I cannot however reveal source or data.

IOW, perform your own testing to know you are making sound decisions regarding aerodynamic improvements.


The figures I see quoted are 3 - 5w saving. It would be difficult to personally feel that, so one would need to rely on data provided elsewhere.
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby Troy C » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:13 pm

I have had all brands now and just have some plain lycra ones at the moment that have.....
No zipper, As a veteran of over 100 TT's If you get a type with a zipper, one day, yes I have seen it happen to lots of people is that the zipper works unzipped during a tt and the the cover becomes no areo, worse that your shoe
I use some light lycra ones that I strech the hem every time getting them on, but the never come loose. They get holes in them quick tho.
The latex ones look super quick, but get really hot
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby sogood » Sun Feb 20, 2011 9:32 pm

Romper wrote:Like if you have a pair of these
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GBP450/pair. :roll:
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Feb 21, 2011 6:25 am

So perhaps I just get these http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=c9555
- cheap
- no zip
- match my shoes

Overshoes are on clearance at PBK at the moment, plenty to choose from http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?cat=Clearance%20Overshoes%20and%20Socks
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby Ross » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:11 am

mikesbytes wrote:So perhaps I just get these http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?code=c9555
- cheap
- no zip
- match my shoes



They do have zips actually. PBK only have the one (small) size available.

mikesbytes wrote:Overshoes are on clearance at PBK at the moment, plenty to choose from http://www.probikekit.com/display.php?cat=Clearance%20Overshoes%20and%20Socks


Not sure if the Gore ones are TT ones or thicker cold weather ones? I think too the actual sock versions are overpriced, I mean it's just a sock, they are only ~$10pr normally, how do they justify charging $30 to cut holes in them?
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby mikesbytes » Mon Feb 21, 2011 10:24 am

Thanks Ross, which ones do you think I should go for?
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Re: Choosing TT over socks

Postby scotto » Fri Feb 25, 2011 10:07 am

mikesbytes wrote:One of my TT over socks has been missing ....... I can't really see whether there is any performance difference?...


maybe as a test try lycra on one leg and silicon on the other. see which direction you end up going !!
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