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Road Bike Conversion to Tri/Time Trial Bike-Excrutiating Pain Soft Tissue Area

Old 08-07-10, 07:45 PM
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Road Bike Conversion to Tri/Time Trial Bike-Excrutiating Pain Soft Tissue Area

Any Suggestions much appreciated. I own a road bike and do some group rides and some Master Road racing. I started to do 1 or 2 time trials a season. 2 years ago was my first one. I convert my road bike to a time trial bike by attaching the aero bars and adding some 3 spoke HED wheels. I completely turned by seat post around to give it a positive offset and slid my seat all the way forward. This gave me the effect of a 78 deg. seat tube angle. I also tilted my seat downward some. Recently I did a 40 K time trial and had some serious issues with pain in the soft tissue(plumbing) area. (apparently I need to take it for a longer test ride next time before the event). I had to either sit so far forward on tip of saddle or get on flats of bars and sit more in a road position to alleviate the pain. Sitting on the very tip (1 inch) nose of saddle was not the most pleasant of riding conditions.

What would be some good things to try/adjust to alleviate the pain? Different seat?, More time in this postion? Raise handle bars? I use my everyday Bontrager Road Saddle(nothing special) ?

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What kind of bars are you using, full length bars or the shorty bars? Also, what road bike do you have? My suggestion is to get the shorty bars if you don't have them and put your road position back to where it was. The shorty bars are meant to be used with a road bike and road position. I use them myself (Jammer GT) and see a 2-3 mph difference between just my normal handlebars and my tri-bar set-up.
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can you lower the nose of your saddle a couple of degrees? You might look at getting an Adamo saddle or something similar too if that doesn't work.
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shorty bars

Interesting. Did not know there was such a thing as shorty bars. I am using full length profile design-split second aluminum ones. as mentioned I have a steep seat tube angle due to flipping my seatpost around and sliding seat all the way forward. When I am in the aerobars I have quite the drop from seat to handlebars. I have the flexibility but the soft tissue area did not like it.

What is the manufacture of the shorty bars?

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What kind of bars are you using, full length bars or the shorty bars? Also, what road bike do you have? My suggestion is to get the shorty bars if you don't have them and put your road position back to where it was. The shorty bars are meant to be used with a road bike and road position. I use them myself (Jammer GT) and see a 2-3 mph difference between just my normal handlebars and my tri-bar set-up.
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adamo saddle

I have seen some positive feedback on the Adamo saddle. I was considering giving one of them a try. It couldn't be any worse than it is now(only better). Looking at their website they have quite a few models and a special video/instructions on setting them up.

do you have one? if so which one?

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can you lower the nose of your saddle a couple of degrees? You might look at getting an Adamo saddle or something similar too if that doesn't work.
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Originally Posted by towerofpower
Interesting. Did not know there was such a thing as shorty bars. I am using full length profile design-split second aluminum ones. as mentioned I have a steep seat tube angle due to flipping my seatpost around and sliding seat all the way forward. When I am in the aerobars I have quite the drop from seat to handlebars. I have the flexibility but the soft tissue area did not like it.

What is the manufacture of the shorty bars?

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Profile Design makes the ones I use and Oval Concept also has one or two meant to be used with a road bike...what bike do you have? Just curious as it may affect the position as well depending on the geometry
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Originally Posted by towerofpower
Any Suggestions much appreciated. I own a road bike and do some group rides and some Master Road racing. I started to do 1 or 2 time trials a season. 2 years ago was my first one. I convert my road bike to a time trial bike by attaching the aero bars and adding some 3 spoke HED wheels. I completely turned by seat post around to give it a positive offset and slid my seat all the way forward. This gave me the effect of a 78 deg. seat tube angle. I also tilted my seat downward some. Recently I did a 40 K time trial and had some serious issues with pain in the soft tissue(plumbing) area. (apparently I need to take it for a longer test ride next time before the event). I had to either sit so far forward on tip of saddle or get on flats of bars and sit more in a road position to alleviate the pain. Sitting on the very tip (1 inch) nose of saddle was not the most pleasant of riding conditions.

What would be some good things to try/adjust to alleviate the pain? Different seat?, More time in this postion? Raise handle bars? I use my everyday Bontrager Road Saddle(nothing special) ?

Thank You,

Tower
I used to convert my road bike back and forth from a regular road geometry to a tri geometry. To do this I used regular profile bars coupled with a fast forward stem (carbon from Profile Design) and a tri saddle (Profile Design, Stryke with cutout). I found this worked really well. Never had any pain and I was able to achieve the tri geometry at a fraction of the cost of buying another bike. Because of time constraints I am no longer doing triathlons so I am selling my setup (handlebars, aero bars, seatpost, saddle, bar end shifters). PM me if you might be interested and I can give you more information. The saddle and seat post are practically new. Good luck!!
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