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Old 09-05-11, 07:08 PM   #1
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Clip on aero bars for itt of stage race

a 3.1 mile stage ITT. How much time could i possible save by using them, and is there anything else i could do to prepare for it or technigues i should use during the ITT

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Old 09-05-11, 08:51 PM   #2
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What is the course profile and how fast do you anticipate going?
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Old 09-06-11, 05:42 AM   #3
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it's pancake flat.

James, get the clip-ons.
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Old 09-06-11, 06:24 PM   #4
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Thans "Kensuf". I guess you know I'm talking about pensacola next week? I got the clip ons from A cat 3 racer and put them on today. They feel really good. The TT ruined my chances of winning overall in Cat 5 at Nocatee. Don't want that to be the reason next week.
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Old 09-06-11, 09:38 PM   #5
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FWIW, you might consider an aero helmet too...between it and the clip-ons, you can't get much more aero bang for the buck. That's what I did this year and never finished out of the top 10 in TT stages, highest was 3rd. What I've learned in shorter stage races is that the TT is the one stage that can make or break you for GC contention.
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Definitely go for the clips-ons. It should be more comfortable than being in the drops the whole time, and it's a tiny bit more aero in my experience.
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i am in the same boat with a 4 race series coming up the end of Sept. any suggestions on which clip-ons to purchase? much thanks. later.
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Old 09-07-11, 02:09 PM   #8
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Thanx guys. That's what happened. I was 1st overall in gc after road race. Went to TT ran off course 20 seconds had to double back and get back on where I left, then got passed by 2 othr riders. Droped to 9th inoverall. Did the circuit race next day got in a break and made up almost all the time finishing 4th overall. 7.7 seconds from 3rd. Started 1:12 from 3rd that day. Don't want that to happen next time
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Tip: if you use clip-ons on your regular road bike then move the saddle forward about an inch !

That will help with getting more power down in the aero position.
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Tip: if you use clip-ons on your regular road bike then move the saddle forward about an inch !

That will help with getting more power down in the aero position.
I had to scoot the saddle about 1.5 inches forward and raise it by .5 cm when I installed my clip-ons. Might have to raise it a bit more... Oh and make sure your saddle is "straight" (relative to your body's limb proportions). I had a piercing pain in my inner left thigh after the adrenaline from the TT was over because the seat had been slightly jabbing it.
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Are clip ons necessarily faster than being in the drops? I know that I can get lower while riding in the drops than with clip ons.
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Are clip ons necessarily faster than being in the drops? I know that I can get lower while riding in the drops than with clip ons.
proof that the old adage "there no such thing as a dumb question" is inaccurate.
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Maybe your response is even dumber than the question! If I ride with a saddle to bar drop of 10cm then put clip ons on to it there will only be a drop of around 8cm saddle to elbow pad. If this drop is normally 15cm on my TT bike then the position is far from being the same, and like I said it will be significantly higher than what I could achieve in the drops.
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No matter how low you get with a bowling ball, it will always less aero than a knife.

Then again, I guess somebody could have 10cm wide shoulders somewhere.
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