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How should I change the setup of my race bike for a century?(11 posts)

How should I change the setup of my race bike for a century?Miggy
Aug 13, 2001 9:42 AM
I am riding a century in September and want to know what I should do to my bike for it. Anything to adjust or change? I have an aluminum frame with 105, Rolf Vectors, and carbon fork.
Aug 13, 2001 10:06 AM
Why change anything?

You will only be riding an unfamiliar set-up.
Aug 13, 2001 10:35 AM
If it is relatively flat, might consider aerobars, too; more for comfort that speed, really. I wouldn't do it unless you have time to train on them a bit, though. And don't ride them pacing behind someone.

Indeed. Don't change a THING.boy nigel
Aug 13, 2001 10:18 AM
You're familiar with your present setup, and are presumably comfortable with it. By changing heights or angles of things, you could open up a whole can of worms during a long ride. By changing your bar height/angle, you may sit differently or use arm/shoulder muscles differently. You certainly don't want to discover something new and uncomfortable on a 100-miler.

I've ridden a couple of solo centuries this year, and I haven't changed a single thing; no complaints, either! :)

Enjoy the ride, and bask (or Basque, if you're doing a Pyrenean century!) in the glow of your accomplishment!

maybeMike K
Aug 13, 2001 10:26 AM
add a clip on aero bar to give you a few more hand and body positions on the ride without changing any of the current things you are already comfortable with.
not a good idea...Velocipedio
Aug 13, 2001 10:31 AM
It's unlikely that the century organizers would let him anywhere near with aero bars...
they are everywhereDog
Aug 13, 2001 10:36 AM
Can't hardly do a century without seeing lots of aerobars.

use diminishing hereDaveG
Aug 13, 2001 2:42 PM
It appears to me that the use of aerobars has gone down drastically over the past few years, at least in my area (NJ). Not sure if its because people are concerned about group riding, they carry I tri-geek tag, or folks are tired of them, but I don't see nearly as many riders using them as in the early 90's. Personally, I consider them evil... spending hours staring at my front wheel is not why I got into riding. However, if you are trying to set a PR on a solo century, they most certainly make a difference.
never heard of this...Haiku d'état
Aug 13, 2001 10:38 AM
of course, i only did my first in may, but i've ridden a few organized events in the last few years, including a metric, a seventy, a midnight run and the century this year, all ripe with aero bars. i CAN see why they would be discouraged, but can't see this actually happening.
that's news to meMike K
Aug 13, 2001 10:43 AM
A ton of clip ons on most organized long rides around here and no one complains. In a mass start race its a little different but in an organized century you see people on everything from mountain bikes with aero bars to TT/tri bikes - no one seems to mind.
I might put on...MrCelloBoy
Aug 13, 2001 3:19 PM
23-26mm tires if you're running on 20mm ones right now. This will smooth out the road a bit for you.
I don't think aerobars are that great. To really use them to full advantage demands a saddle position change, or post that allows that change, and I don't think it's really worth the effort. I just set things up so I can ride for periods with my hands immediately to either side of the stem for a narrow profile.