Hilly TT wheel choice

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Re: Hilly TT wheel choice

Postby CCS » 08 Mar 2014 10:04

jonathon.e wrote:But at what point will you consider yourself to be a real cyclist. ?

Don't know... maybe if I join a cycling club, which is unlikely. As time progresses, I more and more fall into the camp of old lady who likes to go out on her bike. Maybe I will be a real cyclist when I become a leathery octagenarian trundling up the Surrey hills on an ancient bike?

kfjatek wrote:Have you recce'd the course Clare? How much time do you think you'll spend off the aero bars?

Yes - did a recce on Wed. Trouble is that I spend most of my time on the aerobars (even on the road bike), as I am a bit lazy, and it's a nice place to have a bit of a lie down... but there are definitely quite a lot of out of the saddle efforts on the course.

Life was much simpler when I had one bike with one set of wheels!
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Re: Hilly TT wheel choice

Postby Jack Hughes » 08 Mar 2014 10:44

kfjatek wrote:I like to think when I jump on the bike I'm simply unreal


Tsk. You non-native speakers, you. "Sur-" is the prefix you are looking for.
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Re: Hilly TT wheel choice

Postby kfjatek » 08 Mar 2014 10:48

Jack Hughes wrote:
kfjatek wrote:I like to think when I jump on the bike I'm simply unreal


Tsk. You non-native speakers, you. "Sur-" is the prefix you are looking for.


LOL.

And, no. :-)

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Re: Hilly TT wheel choice

Postby Jack Hughes » 08 Mar 2014 10:56

CCS wrote:
jonathon.e wrote:But at what point will you consider yourself to be a real cyclist. ?

Don't know...


Mmmmmmpphhhhh

You own and ride multiple bikes

You ride least 3 or 4 times a week. You would probably ride more if you could.

You ride functionally, socially and competitively.

You have raced in road races and TTs

You place highly in the races you compete in. Irrespective of Gender.

Given that Strava is self selecting towards real competitive cyclists, you hold many QOMs and an extremely large number of top 3 and even more top 10 places.

You enjoy selecting and buying equipment.

You do a fair bit of your own maintenance. Happily tinkering with gears, change tyres, taping handle bars, cabling etc etc.

Your peers look up to you as an exemplar of cycling prowess (I've seen the comments on Strava!)

I am going to have to lie down now, before the vein in my forehead bursts.
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Re: Hilly TT wheel choice

Postby tesseract » 08 Mar 2014 10:59

Jack Hughes wrote:Wind is worse. Wind and speed. So going downhill fast with a strong side wind can be problematic.
Yes for front wheels, but not such an issue for rear wheels, unless it's really windy. There's stuff that shows a rear disc helps stablise in winds, something to do with the fact they're behind you, and where weight is or something.

FWIW I'd use my disc in 99% of races, it would only be one with proper cat climbs, that I'd consider dropping it. I've raced with it in very windy conditions and been fine, although the trispoke front is a different matter.

Should still try it out first - nothing new on race day.
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