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Poll...(13 posts)

Jul 5, 2002 7:43 AM
I am wondering how many people have TT bikes in addition to their road bikes, triathletes excluded. 10%? 5%?

I have been toying with the idea of getting a TT bike and see how much faster I can go in a real aero position. If I do get one, should I go with 650 wheels or 700c? Is it a better idea to use a road bike and tweak the bar/stem/saddle?
re: Poll...Juanmoretime
Jul 5, 2002 8:01 AM
Wheels size is really relvent to your size. Little wheels are for little frames and 700c on 57 cenimeters on up. I do have both a road bike and a time trial bike but I am a triathlete. I honestly believe that you should have a bike that is designed for the application you want to use it for. I've seen friends do endo's on bike that were not designed to carry the weight forward, using forward seat posts. Yes on a time trial bike your weight is forward, to compensate you have a slacker headtube angle lengthening the bike to keep the front wheel and rear wheel weighs in alignment. This is seat of the pants theory on my part. Although the bikes I have ridden with a forward post didn't handle the same as my Klein Aeolus.
Jul 5, 2002 8:05 AM

Fast looking bikeNatchez
Jul 5, 2002 10:11 PM
Are those wheel covers on the rear wheel?
How do you like the Flite TT? how does it compare with the SLR you did the 501 on?
Jul 5, 2002 8:08 AM
Info on size for timetrialing: Click on Tech Library, and size.

re: Poll...Akirasho
Jul 5, 2002 9:11 AM

... depends on the terrain, length and conditions...

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Jul 5, 2002 9:31 AM
Why several tt bikes? Are some more suited to certain conditions than others? (or, do you just collect for fun?)

Jul 5, 2002 9:44 AM
... they're somewhat attuned to slightly different conditions... except for the GT... that was for fun (never rode 650C wheels before).

... and, I have issues...

For some, time trialing is a specialty... and worth specialized equipment.

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do you know where I, too, can find a pot of gold?wonderdog
Jul 5, 2002 9:33 AM

That's a shitload of $$ in wheels alone...... :-)

re: Poll...Akirasho
Jul 5, 2002 9:28 AM
... also take a look at some of the tech at

... note too, that my first TT bike was/is a modified road frame... then I got greedy...

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Remain In Light.
Jul 5, 2002 9:30 AM

nope. I ride TT's on my regular road bike and make no changes to it. It's a great option to take. If you do well against the rest of the field, chalk it up to great fitness. If you do poorly, it's because you don't have a TT bike.

If it was good enough for Merckx, it's good enough for me.

logical extensionDougSloan
Jul 5, 2002 9:32 AM
If you were really macho, then, you'd do it on a mountain bike, right? :-)
funny you should say that......wonderdog
Jul 5, 2002 9:35 AM

my road career began as the guy who would show up to local sprint rides upon my mtn bike (with slicks of course). I even won a few!

i guess, ultimately, it's not really about's more about the money. I can't afford a macked out TT bike that I would only ride on special TT occasions.