Time trial aero gear

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Duncanandthemachine
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Time trial aero gear

Postby Duncanandthemachine » Sat Jun 30, 2012 20:43 pm

So I've read all the Internet articles about house much time skinsuits, aero helmets, disk wheels etc will save you. These scientific tests are all well and good, but how much of a time saving do you good people think the above bits of kit will save in a 10 and a 25 mile TT?

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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby edhornby » Sat Jun 30, 2012 21:03 pm

there have been articles on this on BR main site but I think it's probably archived by now.....

assuming you have just a standard bike and outfit, the biggest bang for your buck is a set of clip on tri-bars, but you need to get into the right position and practice to get the best out of it

after that it's a skinsuit and a pointy helmet (2nd hand one off ebay if you can)
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Duncanandthemachine
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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby Duncanandthemachine » Sat Jun 30, 2012 21:29 pm

I've got a TT bike and am borrowing a pair of deep section wheels, I'm curious on people experience with other kit and the associated time savings in the real world.

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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby esafosfina » Sun Jul 01, 2012 09:44 am

I would say that all of the above has a positive effect... it simply depends on how much you wish to spend to get gains that you'll probably be able to get from training harder and smarter. Apart from the very real 'physical' advantages, getting some nice kit does wonders for a 'psychological boost'.

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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby sub55 » Sun Jul 01, 2012 17:06 pm

anybody who gives a second's per mile saving, doesn't know what they're talking about
constantly reavalueating the situation and altering the perceived parameters accordingly

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prana-ferox
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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby prana-ferox » Sun Jul 01, 2012 23:28 pm

pointy hat makes the biggest gain BUT if i had one and was racing alex dowset and he has a giro helmet from 1987 he would still beat me

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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby blackhands » Tue Jul 03, 2012 16:37 pm

Unless you do a 10 in under 21 mins I'm probably not far off to say that Alex Dowsett would probably beat you if he was on a shopping bike.

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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby prana-ferox » Wed Jul 04, 2012 16:02 pm

blackhands wrote:Unless you do a 10 in under 21 mins I'm probably not far off to say that Alex Dowsett would probably beat you if he was on a shopping bike.



i can do a 10 in under 21 minute but i still think he would beat me on shopping bike :D

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Re: Time trial aero gear

Postby Zingzang » Thu Jul 05, 2012 23:23 pm

blackhands wrote:Unless you do a 10 in under 21 mins I'm probably not far off to say that Alex Dowsett would probably beat you if he was on a shopping bike.


No, a Raleigh Grifter with spongy tyres


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