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Old 05-27-07, 09:51 AM
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TT w/o TT bike

How foolish would it be to do a TT during a GC stage race with out a TT bike? I am considering this because
1.) I'm only a Cat5
2.) I think buying a Powertap system before a TT bike would be a smart decision (limited funds )
3.) I am new to the area and don't know of anyone I could borrow a TT bike from

Or a better question would be "how much time would I lose over 15 miles?"
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Old 05-27-07, 09:54 AM
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I would hazard to guess that the majority of people who don't do time trials only on this message board use "regular" bikes. I doubt you'll find many cat 5 racers looking like this
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Originally Posted by runtimmyc
How foolish would it be to do a TT during a GC stage race with out a TT bike? I am considering this because
1.) I'm only a Cat5
2.) I think buying a Powertap system before a TT bike would be a smart decision (limited funds )
3.) I am new to the area and don't know of anyone I could borrow a TT bike from

Or a better question would be "how much time would I lose over 15 miles?"
less foolish than buying a TT bike for the sole purpose of riding a cat 5 TT.
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Old 05-27-07, 10:06 AM
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I'm doing my first 40K TT on my roadie with some clip on aerobars (which will probably cause more problems than their worth) later this month.

I've read some books that put the time benefit to a full on aero bike, deep dish/disk wheelset, helmet etc at 2-3 minute for people who can spit out a one hour or less 40K time.

When, if ever, I get to that point, I'll start worrying about getting a TT bike.
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Old 05-27-07, 10:07 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
less foolish than buying a TT bike for the sole purpose of riding a cat 5 TT.
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Old 05-27-07, 10:27 AM
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Originally Posted by botto
less foolish than buying a TT bike for the sole purpose of riding a cat 5 TT.
Cool... I've never seen a TT before.* Good to know.

*in person... not knowing that many people don't have TT bikes.

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Old 05-27-07, 10:48 AM
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do you have buddies you can borrow stuff from? that would be the best solution.
yeah- don't buy one for the reasons stated above unless you have cash to burn
otherwise throw on some aerobars. just don't forget to take them off for your road race, you'll be ridiculed and pulled.
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Old 05-27-07, 11:07 AM
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Originally Posted by timmyquest
Is that top painted on?
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Old 05-27-07, 11:15 AM
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Originally Posted by runtimmyc
Or a better question would be "how much time would I lose over 15 miles?"
Very little. You can get clip-on aerobars, get your position dialed, wear a skinsuit and an aero helmet, put a disk cover on your rear wheel, borrow an aero front wheel if you can, and you'll be 99% of the way there. Or just get the aerobars and work on your position and see how you do. If you aren't close to winning, the few seconds gained by spending a lot of money probably aren't worth it IMO. When you are a Cat2 shooting for Cat1 and a pro contract, then it would make sense to worry about it.
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Old 05-27-07, 02:13 PM
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I used to do triathlons in hilly areas and so preferred an STI setup and would just get a 20mm shorter stem, slap on aerobars and shift up my saddle and I'd be good to go. With that and my skinsuit, I was pretty decent at it. The more climbing you have in your ITT, the less useful a tt bike is.
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I've also heard that you need to practice on the TT bike to get used to the position
before you can race on it effectively. Some people have complained that they
were actually slower on their TT bike to begin with because they weren't used
to the position.
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Old 05-28-07, 07:58 AM
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^ yes, it can hurt your power at first.
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It definitely still hurts my power a little, but I end up going slightly faster anyway, presumably from the improved aerodyanamics.

Your mileage may vary.
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