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    Water Bottle Placement for TT

    I think I know the answer to this question but I wanted to get other perspectives. I have a 2012 Shiv (the tri version) that I use TTs. All the ones I've done this year have been short - less than 10 miles. My question is where is the best place to carry a bottle on the bike? I mainly want to be able to carry the bottle during the warmup (specifically when I'm not using a trainer to warmup) and then in point to point TTs, it would be nice to have it when I'm done. I'm not going to be drinking from it in this short of a TT. I know the best answer is to use the bladder within the frame, but it seems like a lot of trouble for a short TT and it seems to triathlete to have the drinking tube coming out of my TT bike. My initial thought is to have the bottle tucked under the seat by zip tieing a bottle cage back there or using the mounts on the seat tube, but I would think this would be less aero than under the seat. The other option would be to stuff the bottle in my skinsuit during warmup and ditch it before the race. What does everyone think? Thanks in advance.
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    I squeeze a bottle between the aerobars during warmup

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    When I warmup for TTs, I just loop back around to my car to sip on water. Then head back out to warmup more.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Grumpy McTrumpy View Post
    I squeeze a bottle between the aerobars during warmup
    That, or stuff it in the front of your unzipped skin suit, then drop it off before the start. Doesn't help for post-race, but who cares about post race?

    I've also left the cage on for warmup, then taken it off at my car just before the start.

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    Yeah it seems like the best bet for me is to just carry it in my skin suit and then drop it at the car before the race. I don't see why I can't make it back post race without water. In fact I think during the last TT I had it with me but didn't even drink any post race.
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    Aero water bottle custom fit into the bb area might actually be more aero than no bottle.



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    most people will actually be FASTER if they use a bottle between the arms during the TT--whether or not you drink from it. tends to plug up that hole.

    don't use the bladder (esp with that straw hanging out there).

    merlin's picture shows a good aero bottle placement, but with this sort of thing always test to see if it is faster with YOUR bike and YOUR bottle. it is amazing how infrequently people actually test a setup, and there is much that can be done without traveling to a wind tunnel.

    personally, i tuck a bottle into my unzipped skinsuit if i am warming up and rolling around, but generally for TTs i warm up on a trainer. that reduces a few risks.



    Quote Originally Posted by ttusomeone View Post
    I think I know the answer to this question but I wanted to get other perspectives. I have a 2012 Shiv (the tri version) that I use TTs. All the ones I've done this year have been short - less than 10 miles. My question is where is the best place to carry a bottle on the bike? I mainly want to be able to carry the bottle during the warmup (specifically when I'm not using a trainer to warmup) and then in point to point TTs, it would be nice to have it when I'm done. I'm not going to be drinking from it in this short of a TT. I know the best answer is to use the bladder within the frame, but it seems like a lot of trouble for a short TT and it seems to triathlete to have the drinking tube coming out of my TT bike. My initial thought is to have the bottle tucked under the seat by zip tieing a bottle cage back there or using the mounts on the seat tube, but I would think this would be less aero than under the seat. The other option would be to stuff the bottle in my skinsuit during warmup and ditch it before the race. What does everyone think? Thanks in advance.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetonrider View Post

    personally, i tuck a bottle into my unzipped skinsuit if i am warming up and rolling around, but generally for TTs i warm up on a trainer. that reduces a few risks.
    I think this is going to be the ticket for me...especially the part about warming up on the trainer. Besides, based on the results you've been getting if it works for you hopefully it'll work for me.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttusomeone View Post
    I think this is going to be the ticket for me...especially the part about warming up on the trainer. Besides, based on the results you've been getting if it works for you hopefully it'll work for me.
    a pro i am not!

    i find that a TT is one area where a structured warm-up really helps me. one of the biggest pieces is actually to get me into 'battle-mode'. i find this is easier to accomplish while on the trainer, particularly as i can put headphones in and tune out the rest. it's also just easier to be near my car as i seem to forget 10 little items, so everything is right there. would also suck to be unlucky and get a flat from rolling around before a TT (unlikely, i know) even moreso than before a road race--at least there are spare wheels at/near the starting line before an RR. the trainer just reduces that admittedly small chance.

    your results may vary, but i've learned the hard way what works for me to feel prepared for a TT when i hit the line. experiment a bit and make notes so you can refer back and figure out what works for you​.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tetonrider View Post
    most people will actually be FASTER if they use a bottle between the arms during the TT--whether or not you drink from it. tends to plug up that hole.
    This is what I do. I have a bottle cage zip-tied between my aero-extensions.

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