Numpty IM Bike Thread

Bike ponces only welcome if they don't speak in tongues

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Rafiki    pirate
28/02/2012 at 13:00


 I'm certainly up for that - although depends what you class as long. I'm currently doing about 35 - 40 miles on the TT, averaging about 21/22mph. But happy to be pushed a little.

I'm off to Girona next week for some warm weather training and some hills - but I'll give you a shout when I'm back.

I know you've already done it, but it would be nice to do the Olympic TT course at least once!

Golden Boots    pirate
28/02/2012 at 13:28
I would definitely fancy joining you guys for the Olympic course
Cortina5    pirate
28/02/2012 at 14:03

The course is ~29miles from Hampton Court and back. Stop for cake at Five at the River afterwards.

I need to get up to that distance on the TT first!

Rafiki    pirate
28/02/2012 at 14:58

Goldern Boots/Cat5

Want to pencil in something towards the end of March sometime then? I've got half marathon on the 25th March and another of 1st April, but they're both Sundays, so any Saturday works for me

Golden Boots    pirate
28/02/2012 at 15:25
Could be tempted with the 24th March, as I'm away the weeks before and afterwards. What's the half-marathons?
Rafiki    pirate
28/02/2012 at 18:03

24th works for me. Cat5?

Half on the 25th is the Water for Life, between Marlow and Henley along the Thames - not very fast, but a fun little local run. 1st April is Reading - which if you don't get bogged down at the start it can be a quick course

Cortina5    pirate
28/02/2012 at 21:20

Unfortunately not. I have a prior engagement that I have to be at! On pain of, erm, pain!

That is about the only date I can't do....other than:

18Mar, 15Apr, 6May, 27May. Something's happening on the 1st July too

Raf, did you do the Wokey Cokey the other weekend?

Rafiki    pirate
28/02/2012 at 21:42

Cat, alas I'm suffering from a mild bought of Plantar fasciitis, so had to pull out of Wok - was on the side lines shouting abuse though! I take it you did it? How'd it go?

As for doing the Olympic TT course - shall we plonk for 6th May, as I think Golden Boots is busy on 18Mar, I've got a little 26.2 mile jog around Brighton on 15 Apr. How does that sound GB?

Plus I'm busy on 1 julu also - shouting abuse, sorry offering support to you guys!

But Cat, if you fancy a ride out somewhere on the TT bikes on the 18th, drop me a PM and we can arrange!

Cortina5    pirate
28/02/2012 at 21:51

Sounds painful. Did 1:38, a great race.

Sorry - those are the dates I can't do...

Golden Boots    pirate
29/02/2012 at 10:04

Just let me know when you are thinking about it... I'm pretty flexible most of the time but that means I keep changing plans fairly often... as long as I am getting out on the bike more I will be happy!

Cortina5    pirate
11/03/2012 at 21:08

Hi all. A saddle question for TT bike..

When I was fitted I took my Fizik Arione Tri2 with me, and the bike was tested with different saddles. We settled on the Arione in the end. Possibly due to not wanting to drop another £100 on a saddle.

The saddle has been ok on the turbo or road for an hour or so aero, but this weekend it has caused me pain. The plan was 3.5hrs in Z2 (normally 15mph average on the road bike). I do find it hard to ride the TT bike slow and to just pootle around.

The first hour was 3 mph faster than I'd normally ride, though mostly downwind. I then hammered it round the Marlow Du course. On the way home (last 1.5 hrs) I struggled to stay on the bars due to perineal pain. I was also struggling to pedal because I was knackered, and had managed to chafe the inside of my left leg (saddle was slightly wonky - fixed now).

Is this just a case of MTFU and getting used to the saddle? At what point do I draw stumps and get an Adamo or Cobb? 3 1/2 months till Outlaw. Is that enough to get sorted?

Is it possible to ride TT bikes slowly? 

Rafiki    pirate
11/03/2012 at 21:27

Hi Cat

Not sure its a speed problem, but the saddle itself. In my (limited experience) saddles are normally comfortable after an hour or so or not. Alas it seems to be a case of a trial or error until you find one that works for you - which can be expensive. Much like shoes, you have to put several miles in before you know if they are right or not!

I managed 3 hours on my TT this afternoon wearing just a race tri suit, no problem - like you about 3 mph faster than the road bike, with no discomfort. I use a Specialised Romin (43cm) - which you're welcome to borrow for a ride.

Good luck, Raf

Cortina5    pirate
11/03/2012 at 21:38

Thanks. It may just need breaking in...

How long did it take to get up to 3 hrs?

Rafiki    pirate
11/03/2012 at 21:47

I've had no problem swapping between the road bike and the TT bike - but it sounds like I may be lucky in that respect. In fact I feel more comfortable on the TT. 

Was happily spending 5 - 6 hours a day in the saddle on a (ill-fitting hired) road bike in the Pyrenees last week, so 3 hours back on my baby today felt like bliss!!

12/03/2012 at 09:43
Cat 5 - it sounds like your barse just needs a bit more breaking in so stick with the current saddle and see how it goes. you may find going up a notch in training miles is causing pain due to more time on rough roads so there's more overall vibration. or it could be the shorts??
VTd    pirate
20/03/2012 at 15:32

Been banging on about a bike fit for a while now and finally found the time (and money) to get a retul fit done this morning.  Took about three hours and the results were amazing, to me anyway.

Everything was the opposite to what I was thinking.  The bars were lowered by all of the 3 x 20mm spacers, when I thought a shorther stem was needed and the bars raised.

The seat was also raised by at least that, and then pushed forward a few millimeters.

I thought I would need a new seat, but the technician told me to stick with it until I had a month in the new position.

I had just bought and fitted a set of clip ons, and between us we settled on a compromise between an ideal road position and aero position, although he told me I needed to try and spend more time on the clips ons. 

I've to go back to him a couple of times for feedback/minor adjustments, and also when I felt that I was ready to commit more into the aero position when he'll put me lower again at the front and further forward on the bike.

He suggested orthotics to help correct my knees throwing out, especially the left.  But he also warned against trying to fight it if it isn't causing me any problems, which it isn't.

I am swim/run tonight so won't really get the oppotunity to try out the changes until tomorrow.

Edited: 20/03/2012 at 15:39
20/03/2012 at 16:43
Bars lowered by 6cm, seat raised at least 6cm - really ?

Retul fits always raise the saddle (it seems) but that is A LOT
20/03/2012 at 19:00
Vt'd my retul fit did about the same and we added a longer stem and adamo tt saddle.

Anyone got any tips for getting used to getting aero whilst out on the road. I can do 3 hours on turbo but not taken tt bike out for real yet.

Also I can run faster after being on tt bike on turbo then qc to run - is that normal?
VTd    pirate
20/03/2012 at 21:04

Popsider, I also couldn't believe it.  The guy who fitted me (that sounds wrong) told me the same as you that his own retul fit had him raise his saddle 10cm and he had raced to a decent standard for 8 years on the same bike. 

After travelling not more than ten yards on his new setting he stopped and raised it up again.  Over the period of a few weeks he gradually raised it in increments to the retul setting.  He told me that if it feels painful I've to stop and drop it back.  Something to do with the hamstrings needing to adapt and lengthen.

To be honest I'm not overly surprised he made the changes as I had set it up myself and I haven't the first clue.  The handlebar changes were surprising though as I thought maybe a raise, or at the most a drop of one spacer. 

I want to put a spacer back in making the drop 40mm, although he thinks if I intend using the clip ons that I should be making the most of that aero position.  Otherwise I'm just carrying them as excess baggage.

I'll try this out for a while, and after that if it still feels wrong then we'll revisit the bar height.

TJ, sounds like you've cracked it.  I still stumble along for 4 miles or so before any feeling or rhythm returns.

Cortina5    pirate
21/03/2012 at 02:25
TJ - just get out and do it. Should be easy after 3hrs on the turbo!
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