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Old 06-13-06, 12:11 PM   #1
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Can I Clamp Aero-Bars to CF Drop Bars??

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I've got a 10 mile ITT next week. I was planning on riding my normal set-up, then I started pondering the idea of using some clip ons. My question is: is it safe to use clip-ons with CF drop bars? I thought I read somewhere that you shouldn't use them with the Easton CF bars, I don't know if that's just Easton legal talk, or if it's a general no-no with CF. My bars are Specialized S-Works, if that makes any difference. Thanks...
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It's not a good idea to use clip-ons with CF bars. It's not just Easton legal talk, other manufacturers are saying this as well. I'm assuming you are referring to the Elkhorn TT? A bunch of other people from BF are going and the consensus seems to be that if it's only a week or so before the event, you're better off riding with your normal setup. It takes some time to get used to a new position - making big changes like this can actually make you slower. Just use your normal gear and have fun.
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It's not a good idea to use clip-ons with CF bars. It's not just Easton legal talk, other manufacturers are saying this as well. I'm assuming you are referring to the Elkhorn TT? A bunch of other people from BF are going and the consensus seems to be that if it's only a week or so before the event, you're better off riding with your normal setup. It takes some time to get used to a new position - making big changes like this can actually make you slower. Just use your normal gear and have fun.
Thanks for the input, I'm actually referring to the Buckman Springs TT in San Diego County, part of a 3-Stage Omnium. I was thinking along the same lines, as far as dialing in a new position, gear etc. It's only 10 miles out-n-back with a big ring roller in the middle. I'lll probably stick to my original plan, riding my normal set-up and getting in a psuedo TT position, grasping the brake cables. Good luck at Elkhorn
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Thanks for the input, I'm actually referring to the Buckman Springs TT in San Diego County, part of a 3-Stage Omnium. I was thinking along the same lines, as far as dialing in a new position, gear etc. It's only 10 miles out-n-back with a big ring roller in the middle. I'lll probably stick to my original plan, riding my normal set-up and getting in a psuedo TT position, grasping the brake cables. Good luck at Elkhorn
I've also heard that holding the brake hoods (on the top) and holding your arms horizontal can help. I think it's a good idea to use aerobars from what I've heard but usually takes a few weeks to get used to them. A good aero position oftentimes isn't comfortable. Just look at Floyd's new TT setup!!!!
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Ixne on the clip-ons on CF, unless the manufacturer says it's OK.

Personally, I think if you could use them they would help, even if you didn't have much time on them.

If you can borrow some deep wheels or a disk, and a helmet and booties, that wouldn't be a bad idea. Thing with an Omnium is that it's about placing vs. time. Something that can give you 5 seconds might be two or three places up in the standings, which can have a big impact on your GC.

I wished I had my TT bike earlier this year at a stage race, might have moved me into the top five.

Good luck, looking forward to the report.

Hey Snick, you racing Nevada City?
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Ixne on the clip-ons on CF, unless the manufacturer says it's OK.

Personally, I think if you could use them they would help, even if you didn't have much time on them.

If you can borrow some deep wheels or a disk, and a helmet and booties, that wouldn't be a bad idea. Thing with an Omnium is that it's about placing vs. time. Something that can give you 5 seconds might be two or three places up in the standings, which can have a big impact on your GC.

I wished I had my TT bike earlier this year at a stage race, might have moved me into the top five.

Good luck, looking forward to the report.

Hey Snick, you racing Nevada City?
Hey Vino,
I've got booties, and my Reynolds Stratus wheels should be here in time to use (not super deep, but better than my 38mm AC 420's). I've read that taping over the helmet vents is a cheap alternative to a TT helmet (less drag from the vents). I'll be sure to report back, this is the last So Cal road race until a San Deigo stage race in Sept and then Everest Challenge. In the crits, I'm just pack filler, so this is my last chance for a while
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Hey Vino,
I've got booties, and my Reynolds Stratus wheels should be here in time to use (not super deep, but better than my 38mm AC 420's). I've read that taping over the helmet vents is a cheap alternative to a TT helmet (less drag from the vents). I'll be sure to report back, this is the last So Cal road race until a San Deigo stage race in Sept and then Everest Challenge. In the crits, I'm just pack filler, so this is my last chance for a while
You'll love the Stratus. The helmet tape helps. As for being pack filler that's why you need a team. Finished 32nd in that field sprint? Yeah, I was working for the team all day

North Park Classic? Any details on classes and the race itself? Didn't find anything online in a quick search. Might be worth coming down for...
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You'll love the Stratus. The helmet tape helps. As for being pack filler that's why you need a team. Finished 32nd in that field sprint? Yeah, I was working for the team all day

North Park Classic? Any details on classes and the race itself? Didn't find anything online in a quick search. Might be worth coming down for...
I like that team excuse . I don't know anything about the North Park Classic yet, I did the same search, and came up with nothin'. I'll let you know if I hear anything more about it, I think it may be new this year, I don't recall seeing this on last year's calendar. It's 3 weeks before Everest Challenge, the timing works good, it would be nice to get a road race in that late in the season.
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The helmet tape helps. you ...
you can also use a swimming cap if you can find one big enough....
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Ixne on the clip-ons on CF, unless the manufacturer says it's OK.

Personally, I think if you could use them they would help, even if you didn't have much time on them.

If you can borrow some deep wheels or a disk, and a helmet and booties, that wouldn't be a bad idea. Thing with an Omnium is that it's about placing vs. time. Something that can give you 5 seconds might be two or three places up in the standings, which can have a big impact on your GC.

I wished I had my TT bike earlier this year at a stage race, might have moved me into the top five.

Good luck, looking forward to the report.

Hey Snick, you racing Nevada City?

Didn't see this until now. Not doing Nevada City. I might wait for my second year of racing before I do that gnarly downhill left turn!!!! Besides I need to save all my energy for Elkhorn. Part of me doesn't want to do it, but it would be good for hard training even if I didn't end up placing well.
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Didn't see this until now. Not doing Nevada City. I might wait for my second year of racing before I do that gnarly downhill left turn!!!! Besides I need to save all my energy for Elkhorn. Part of me doesn't want to do it, but it would be good for hard training even if I didn't end up placing well.
Good luck at Elkhorn. Nevada City was brutal (see thread).
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