Best Bike for Outlaw?

20 messages
09/12/2012 at 19:42

Can anybody tell me if a road or TT bike would be best for outlaw? I have a cheap road bike at the minute but wanted to upgrade to either TT or road.




09/12/2012 at 19:46
How good a bike rider are you ? And have you ridden a TT bike ?
09/12/2012 at 20:01

I have never used a TT bike before. ive been using the clip ons since I started in March.

09/12/2012 at 20:14
And what are your plans in the future ?
09/12/2012 at 20:30

I want to start entering time trials and carry on with triathlons.

Cpt.Jack sparra    pirate
09/12/2012 at 20:42
Both have their own plus points and negatives but a big one for me personally is the fact that non of my local bike clubs who I ride with allow you to use a TT bike on club rides so the road bike gets used pretty much all of the time . Also it takes quite a long time getting used to riding a TT bike ( position wise)
09/12/2012 at 20:55

I dont ride with a club so I dont see that as a problem even if i satrted I could just use my current bike. I plan on taking a little bit longer to decided and hopefully try some options.

cougie    pirate
09/12/2012 at 21:13
For racing on - a tt/tri bike will be fastest. They're not the best for training on though - tribars and traffic and crappy roads aren't a great mix.

A road bike with clip on bars is almost as fast as a full on tri bike and more versatile.
meface    pirate
09/12/2012 at 21:20

Will you wear a pointy helmet? They are worth more speed than TT bike and considerably cheaper.

Can you hold the TT position for 6 hours? (flexibility and fatness)
Can you afford two bikes?
Do you expect to ride over 7-hours? (could be embarassing on a TT)

I would rather spend my money on a decent road bike first than a TT which is less comfortable, less use, more maintenance etc.


09/12/2012 at 21:25

A properly fitted TT bike should be no less comfortable than a road bike.

The Outlaw bike course is well suited to a TT bike.

09/12/2012 at 23:57
Outlaw is a tt bike course. if you buy one then use it from april onwards.....
10/12/2012 at 18:42

Thinking the TT bike might win. I will get a fitting booked and see what they recommend.

PSC    pirate
10/12/2012 at 18:45

my TT bike is way more comfy than my road bike.. which is why I often commute on it (24 miles each way).   The outlaw course is flat so I will be using my TT bike.  See you there.  I do agree though, if you are going to be chasing the cut off you will look a bit of a prune on a £5k TT bike.  All the gear and no idea will be the unsung chant of the crowd along the edges of transition...

10/12/2012 at 19:18

I am looking for somthing around 6 hours 

Dustboy    pirate
10/12/2012 at 20:06

I wondered what everyone was chanting PSC

PSC    pirate
10/12/2012 at 20:42

LOL Dusty...


Jason - then a TT bike will be fine... and will be quicker than a roadie.

meface    pirate
11/12/2012 at 19:16
PSC wrote (see)

LOL Dusty...

 Jason - then a TT bike will be fine... and will be quicker than a roadie.

Unless you are really fat and have to spread your knees around your gut on a TT bike when bent over! Seriously not everyone finds the TT position that comfy for 6 hours.

If you are thin and flexible then it is fine.

11/12/2012 at 19:17

Think i will try and give one a try somtime over the next few months. 

Doner Kebab    pirate
12/12/2012 at 19:18

raleigh burner for me


seren nos    pirate
13/12/2012 at 08:15

I was thinking the one with a built in motor

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