TT bike as a regular road bike?
Apart from silly bars, how easy to live with is a TT bike? I mostly ride road nowadays (or just turbo trainer at the moment due to injury), and due to work/family commitments rarely get out for more than an hour or so at a time. As such I mostly ride flat out for my limited time and compare my results to previous rides.
Is a TT bike a total PITA to ride as a normal bike? I guess the geometry is going to be a bit specialist?Posted 6 years agocrazy-legsSubscriber
God no, it’d be awful. You can turn a normal road bike into a TT bike fairly easily but a TT bike is very specialist. You can’t use it in road or crit races and they’re frowned on in Sportives. Less safe in traffic too cos of the more head down position.
Realistically, even at club level it doesn’t make much difference to times, I’ve seen plenty of people on £4000 TT bikes put in slower times than guys on regular road bikes.Posted 6 years agoStonerSubscriber
Mrs S got measured up at http://www.bike-science.com/ in bristol to turn her Planet X Carbon Pro SL into a TT bike.
It now looks hideous with the saddle slammed forward and the TT bars out front, but it gives her a fair approximation of a TT pose, and can always be backed off if she wants something less aggressive.
It’s currently sat on her Turbo trainer for the winter with a specific rear tyre. With much more of this weather she’ll be out on the road with it soon again.Posted 6 years agospeaker2animalsSubscriber
As long as you always ride the same bike you can compare times for every ride. But a TT bike and your first few rides after that may well give you a big improvement over your road bike times but once you are used to it you’ll just be riding like against like again. Unless you want to compete in TTs I really think you’d be better served on a road bike.Posted 6 years agoPictoMember
I had a cervelo which had a reversible seatpost clamp which brought the saddle forward for TT’ing and back for road mode. You can also buy seat posts which bring you fwd in to a tt position on a road bike.
Not alot you can do with the height of the head tube unless you fit an adjustable stem.Posted 6 years ago
Tangentialy to the UCI rules and linking back to the OP, considdered a track bike (or at least a fixie?), if anyone asks just say you’ve only got an hour at a time to train so you’re going for the hour record and blame the acheingly soo last year bike choice on the UCI.Posted 6 years ago
Just pride and wanting a new toy! Currently have a track bike (with brakes!) a CX and an 80’s steel road bike with dura ace drivetrain….. just looking at road bikes around £1500 and wondering if they’ll be any better really than what I already have!
Thanks for advice all!Posted 6 years ago
just looking at road bikes around £1500 and wondering if they’ll be any better really than what I already have!
No they wont be,Posted 6 years ago
your secretarythe bike might seem brilliant at first, and you’ll wonder why you waited so long to get that divorceto change it. But then you’ll feel like you hav to buy herit new shoespedals and finishing kit as sheit’s new and nicer and deserves it. But one day you’ll be a middle aged fat bloke out with your shiny new ladybike and you’ll see your ex wifeold bike being riddenbeing ridden by some new bloke who’s faster and better looking than you and you’ll want herit back.
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