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Old 02-03-15, 11:19 AM
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Anyone commute on a TT Bike?

Just curious...It's obviously the fastest way to ride a bike to work, right?

On a side note, I'd love to see any pictures of a TT bike with bags fitted on it. :-)
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Old 02-03-15, 11:56 AM
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I don't own a TT bike, but if I had one, I would occasionally ride one to work since that's when I am forced to do most of my training rides.

FWIW, a friend of mine is a former masters state TT champ. He occasionally rides the TT bike to work. Pretty sure he wears a backpack, regular kit (not a skinsuit), regular helmet (not aero), and training wheels (not disc). It's more about getting comfortable in the aerobars more than speed itself.
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Old 02-03-15, 01:06 PM
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I would if I had one but I would skip the panniers.

Don't see it happening any time soon. I'd need to be a lot more serious about triathlons and have a lot more disposable income.

There was a guy working in the building who used to commute on his.
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Originally Posted by tjspiel View Post
I would if I had one but I would skip the panniers.
+1. Some types like to picture every bike with fenders and panniers on it, but I'd keep it unadorned and ride it on nice days, enjoying its raison d'Ítre. If you can't stash an extra day's worth of clothes at work, a TT bike isn't for you.
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The speed advantage of a TT bike is from the aero riding position. But it would be dangerous to ride the aero bars in traffic;you don't have enough leverage to make quick turns. So you're back to using the outer bars,which are no different than drops or bullhorns on a regular road bike. Plus,you'd have a very difficult time adding fenders and racks.
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Old 02-03-15, 05:12 PM
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
The speed advantage of a TT bike is from the aero riding position. But it would be dangerous to ride the aero bars in traffic;you don't have enough leverage to make quick turns. So you're back to using the outer bars,which are no different than drops or bullhorns on a regular road bike. Plus,you'd have a very difficult time adding fenders and racks.
It depends. There's a few places on my commute where I can just put my head down and go. I had aero bars on my traditional road bike when I was doing triathlons and I used them on my commute. Not everywhere of course.

This may not be true on a real TT bike but I found that maintaining a straight line was more of a challenge for me than turning was when I first started using aero bars. You get used to it fast though. When you're at speed turning is accomplished as much through body movement as through moving the bars. It doesn't take much. What you lose is the ability to take sharp 90 degree turns but you typically only do that while moving slowly anyway.

Full fenders would be a challenge but there are options. Clip-ons would be easy enough though.

I definitely wouldn't put a rack on a TT bike, but panniers aren't the only way to carry stuff.

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I don't have one, but the other day in 15-20 mph headwinds\crosswinds....I would have loved to have one.
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I asked because another thread was showing off his new tt bike, and it got me thinking, because I already have clip on aerobars on my hybrid bike that I ride to work...I definitely use them, especially in strong winds...it makes a big difference.
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It sounds like a miserable experience to me. There is absolutely nothing I find appealing about TT bikes. They have their place, and that is going relatively straight with little elevation change and doing that as fast as you can.
On a side note, there are tons of great videos on YouTube of people falling off their TT bikes
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Originally Posted by 12strings View Post
I asked because another thread was showing off his new tt bike, and it got me thinking, because I already have clip on aerobars on my hybrid bike that I ride to work...I definitely use them, especially in strong winds...it makes a big difference.
same.. If I had the disposable income I would. Recently found a bike shop that has so many dream machines and TT bikes on the top floor.
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Old 02-04-15, 12:40 AM
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10/10 would ride a TT bike, aero wheels and all. Why? Why not? No panniers, no racks, nothing. No kit, no aero helmet. T shirt and shorts, messenger bag, rat trap pedals and some skater shoes, on a $15k TT bike. That would be so awesome!!!
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Old 02-04-15, 08:27 AM
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Originally Posted by dynaryder View Post
The speed advantage of a TT bike is from the aero riding position. But it would be dangerous to ride the aero bars in traffic;you don't have enough leverage to make quick turns.
The vast majority of my commute is on empty country roads with only occasional cars.
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Old 02-04-15, 09:09 AM
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I googled TT with panniers and none was found. They don't exist.
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Nope.
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I do, sometimes.

On wet days I ride my Kona Sutra touring bike, but on nice dry days I take the Tri Bike. Some notes on why this works for me:
1. I have a place to leave my uniforms and shower stuff at work.
2. My ride in for an AM shift I leave at 4am, so no problem on the Aero Bars through town, and of my 27km commute, 1/2 is highway where I can ride the shoulder. On the time trial bike it takes 1 hour, on the touring bike it takes 1hour 25 minutes. Both bikes take a bit longer coming home through traffic.
3. No bags on the bike, and I avoid it when possible, but if I absolutely have to I have a small backpack I can wear.

Also, as a side note, I don;t wear an aero helmet or tri gear, just the same cycling centric clothes I normally wear and my regular helmet. I'm new to triathlon bikes, and have been trying to ride my new bike as much as possible. That it takes my round trip time from 3 hours down to 2:15 is just a bonus.
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I Googled Time Trial bikes and ugly and got this
Australian Cycling Forums - Ugly Bikes
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Originally Posted by bmthom.gis View Post
I Googled Time Trial bikes and ugly and got this
Australian Cycling Forums - Ugly Bikes
Well, it does have a rack.

I wonder if you searched for Mountain Bike and ugly if you'd get the same bike.

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I have in the past. Haven't for a while though. I only use one if I'll be racing with it soon.
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i tuck down in a super aero position on my Surly with mustache bars....
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