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Please helpTT/roadbike(5 posts)

Please helpTT/roadbikejd
Sep 10, 2001 4:29 AM
Begging humbly for expert/rxperienced advice please.
I am looking for a road/TT bike,( not a tri) but much of the litte onfo i've gotten conflicts, especially reguarding geometry. I am looking for is a road bike that is relitivly light sub 3 lb aero frame . I want to train on the raod ( not in group rides so aero is impotrant) I want to compete in TTs and I love to climb. My avarage ride is 20 - 30 miles, and almost never more. I have heard not to get a TT bike because they suck on hills ( cant I just use drop bars w/aero bars? Recomend any books on TT?
re: Please helpTT/roadbikejd
Sep 10, 2001 4:54 AM
Just a little more info on my riding style, I am an XC racer & spin instructor who spend much time in the dirt & training indorrs, so on the road for me is ALL ABOUT SPEED & INTENSITY, NOT CASUAL CRUISING. tHANKS AGAIN
re: Please helpTT/roadbikeDougal
Sep 10, 2001 5:30 AM
If I were you I'd take a look at the Giant road range. I don't know what your budget is, but even their bottom of the range road machines are easily made into very useful TT bikes and are quite aero.

Last years UK national TT champ rode a converted Ginat OCR1.
re: Please helpTT/roadbikeJon Billheimer
Sep 10, 2001 7:46 AM
Good suggestion above. In addition, you might want to consider a road bike with 74 deg. geometry.
That way by either moving your saddle ahead or going with a reversible seat post you can convert to
76 or 78 deg. depending on your preference and fit. Also, make sure you get a frame with short
enough a head tube to allow a comfortable, aerodynamic position when your aerobars are attached.
As far as aerodyamic frames are concerned, that really is not a big issue. You'll get 99% of your
speed advantage from obtaining a good position on the bike and using aero wheels such as Zipps
or Heads.

Cervelo has come out with exactly the type of bike you're looking for this year, a combo road/tt frame.
You might want to check out their website.

For some sound advice on the subject, check out www.bicyclesports.com. You can also call
them and they'll be happy to discuss your requirements whether or not you buy anything from them.
re: Please helpTT/roadbikejd
Sep 10, 2001 8:43 AM
Thank you, I appreciate the info , I'll look into the Giant line.