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Time trial bike question?(5 posts)

Time trial bike question?Scott P.
Mar 5, 2002 2:33 PM

do you all have time trial bikes in your fleet and why?

do some people get TT bikes just to ride even though they dont really do TT's?

i am looking for one but i dont know if i really need one. i would probably do 2 or 3 TT's a year. is it worth getting one?

re: it depends on what you define as a TT bike...Akirasho
Mar 5, 2002 6:26 PM
There is a range of bikes known as TT/Tri specific which generally feature a steep seat tube angle, relatively slack headtube angle, shortish headtube and chainstays... sometimes accompanied with an aerodynamic frame, wheels and aerobars... but you can time trial on 'pert near anything (depending on the venue and the rules of the event organizers).

True TT/Tri bikes are generally considered a specialty bike... since their optimized for said events... but might not be suitable for everyday riding... therefore, many riders do not have one.

Some folks will either use or modify a road bike for time trials (and triathlons). At one local series, I've seen nearly every type of two wheel bike on the course.

If you're considering just 2 or three a year, you'd probably be best served by using a road bike, or slightly modifying it for the event (perhaps aerobars... and a change in saddle position (either by moving forward on the rails or with a set forward seat post(or back, if you are a proponent of "The Big Slam")).

Below are a couple of my TT bikes... I'm lucky to have specific bikes... but they see relatively low milage per year.

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speaking of Big Slamcyclopathic
Mar 5, 2002 6:51 PM
why don't just use road set up with short aerobars :-)
re: it depends on what you define as a TT bike...jim hubbard
Mar 6, 2002 12:36 AM
So which is faster???
re: ...the P2KAkirasho
Mar 6, 2002 8:25 PM
... but that's probably a factor of my "Aerobelly".

The GT's headtube is almost an inch lower than the P2K, thus my position on the bike is radical. With a bit less belly, we'll see.

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