Join Date: Nov 2006
Location: Los Alamos, NM
Bikes: 2008 fetish illustre
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climbing on a TT bike
Hey, my first official thread in road bike racing!
I've got my first road bike events next weekend: a 15K TT on the 1st with a 60min crit on the 2nd. A buddy who is out of the scene right now loaned me his TT bike, an oldish GT edge. It's a bit porky for the climbs, but descends faster than anything I've ridden - due to great aerodynamics, the solid rear wheel and a big ol' 55 tooth front crank.
I've been doing some work on the bike and am trying to emulate the TT - easy rollers with a small climb to the turnaround, then all downhill from there. I'm a light rider (145lbs) so am used to climbing out of the saddle whenever I can. My instinct is to the same on the TT bike. Problem is, when I get out of the saddle holding onto the aero bars, the bike feels REAL squirrely and I start wandering all over the road. The best I can do while keeping the bike stable is to just be sitting on the tip of the saddle.
Does anyone climb out of the saddle while on the aero bars, or is it best to just be on the tip?