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Old 06-20-10, 06:36 PM
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I looked at some races and getting a license today, and it made me come up with a few questions...

1) Do to a TT do you HAVE to have a TT bike? all I have is a Scott s20, could I just slap some aero bars on it and enter or what?

2) I am taking it it's mid-season or so and was wondering, would it be worth it to even purchase a license this year or just pay for a one day license and wait til next year?

3) Am I only limited to crits, centuries, and other "regular" rides? Since I don't have a TT or CX bike?

I don't exactly know what the rules are as far as entering different types of races with just a road bike and am curious if there are even any rules about that?
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Old 06-20-10, 06:59 PM
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1)no you don't need a TT bike
2)how many races do you plan on doing? If you plan on doing more than 6, buy a license.
3)As I already said in #1, you can do a TT on a road bike, but not a cx race.
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Old 06-20-10, 07:51 PM
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Thanks man, I was just curious. I'd hate to go on out there and be the only guy with a road bike at a TT race and just look stupid. As far as how many races, not more than six I could imagine, because I don't have a CX bike so I won't be able to race that this year, though I really want to. Also...CT is where its at compared to MD.
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Thanks man, I was just curious. I'd hate to go on out there and be the only guy with a road bike at a TT race and just look stupid. As far as how many races, not more than six I could imagine, because I don't have a CX bike so I won't be able to race that this year, though I really want to. Also...CT is where its at compared to MD.
A lot of TTs have "Merckx" classes where only regular road bikes are allowed. I've raced TTs with a road bike, definitely not as fast as a TT bike, but if you do well then you'll get props. You can always run clip on aero bars which will make a big difference over regular drop bars. A lot of people have TT bikes, but a lot don't. I doubt you'd be the only one on a road bike.

The one day license is $10, the year is $60, so if you're doing less than 6, probably best to just do one day.

And I'm going to college in MD, so more excited about that than the state itself.
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The girls there are hot, but other than that haha... But when I went to CT it was pretty fun and a lot better scenery and places to ride or run, with hills. I guess I'll just get some aero bars and a one day pass the day of. Oh, and are there any races that aren't crits or TT's, but not quite a century either? I know there are stage races, but anything like how a paceline works where a bunch of people would race so many miles to a finish line?
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The girls there are hot, but other than that haha... But when I went to CT it was pretty fun and a lot better scenery and places to ride or run, with hills. I guess I'll just get some aero bars and a one day pass the day of. Oh, and are there any races that aren't crits or TT's, but not quite a century either? I know there are stage races, but anything like how a paceline works where a bunch of people would race so many miles to a finish line?
They are called road races. There are a few circuit races here & there too.

For TTs, your bike is just one factor. You need to learn to warm up correctly, and how to pace yourself for each course. There's a lot to it, so don't get hung up on equipment just yet.
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you are going to a time trial and worried about looking stupid?


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Just to be contrarian, you might be able to get away with a road bike in an early season CX race if you can fit a skinny knobby tire. The Kenda Kwick is labled a 30mm tire, but it's closer to 28mm. It's not ideal, but you'll get a taste of it without having to spend any dough.
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