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gavhg
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Time trial bike

Post by gavhg » 16 Jul 2016 10:42

Hi all,

Just back from the European Trandplant Games where I won bronze in the time trial - there was just 2.6 seconds between the top 3 (gold was won by reigning European champion, silver by reigning world champion). This has given me the belief that I can train harder and smarter to win the world transplant games in Malaga 2017.

To help do this I am probably going to have to invest in a time trial bike (currently using clip on bars).

I won't have stacks of cash to spend so any advice on the most cost effecting way of doing this would be appreciated!
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Post by RichK » 16 Jul 2016 12:51

Gavin

At the budget end of the spectrum the PX Stealth is popular (I've bought two!). Basic cost about a grand but the wheels are (very) basic & might benefit from a bit of extra cash.

Spending more will get you something better as it's quite an old design etc.

I've also previously fitted a road bike with some basic TT bars, bar end shifters etc & an upside down high-rise stem. That worked reasonably well for me till I got an unexpected bonus at work.

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Post by Yosser » 16 Jul 2016 13:49

The main benefit from aero bike is the position it puts you in. Don't worry too much about how expensive it is. Planet x plus good aero wheels is certainly one way to go. I bought a secondhand PX Exocet and it goes like an err.. Exocet!

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Post by George » 16 Jul 2016 13:58

Congratulations on the bronze, Gavin!

A third vote for Planet X from me: far and away the most cost-effective way into testing. As Dave says, it's all about your position (be prepared to tinker; small changes can make big differences). So a bike with cheap components on which your position is good will always go faster than the most expensive bike with a poor position. Weight -- the roady's obsession -- is a side issue for a tester. And you don't brake much or corner much or change gear much (and almost never in a hurry) so a lot of the things that make top-end road bikes and top-end group sets desirable are much less important. Even the cheapest TT frames from PX are stiff and aero, which is what matters.

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Post by Yosser » 16 Jul 2016 17:44

And I forgot to say in prev post, Great result

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Post by keith » 16 Jul 2016 18:53

Great result Gavin .As Dave says second hand TT bikes aren't a bad shout as they seem to be moved on perhaps more than road bikes ( mines been close to going on e bay a few times ) thing is they are usually ridden infrequently and on better roads than road bike, no of that grubby Audax nonsense, so you can get some good bikes in decent nic

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Post by gavhg » 17 Jul 2016 13:03

Thanks all. Some great advice! I'll probably wait until autumn when all those time trial and triathlon one season wonders flood eBay!!
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