- 1 Where should you sit on a TT saddle?
- 2 What is the TT position?
- 3 What is the difference between time trial bike and triathlon bike?
- 4 How high should my triathlon bike seat be?
- 5 How can I improve my TT position?
- 6 How do you get used to the TT position?
- 7 How do you lower the head on a TT bike?
- 8 How much faster does a TT bike make you?
- 9 What is special about a triathlon bike?
- 10 Is a TT bike uncomfortable?
- 11 How do you set up a road bike for a triathlon?
- 12 How do I choose a triathlon saddle?
Where should you sit on a TT saddle?
Saddle Height Sit on the saddle with one leg hanging free and your pelvis level —not one hip tilted higher or lower. Your hanging leg’s heel should just scrape or touch the pedal when the pedal is at the very bottom (6 o’clock).
What is the TT position?
As I mentioned, the purpose of the TT/Tri position is to allow the rider to assume an aerodynamic posture aboard the bike, whereby their pelvis and shoulders rotate forward in harmony. This forward rotation is the part that will cause discomfort.
What is the difference between time trial bike and triathlon bike?
By design, triathlon bikes are made to go the distance. In contrast, time trial riders get off the bike completely spent. Their bikes are designed for only one thing—speed. As such, triathlon bikes favor a more relaxed position and a lighter frame than time trial bikes.
How high should my triathlon bike seat be?
Proper saddle height should put your knee angle between 140-150° when at the bottom of your down stroke. If the saddle is too low and the angle too acute, you’ll be spinning and bouncing without producing any power.
How can I improve my TT position?
First and most obviously: ride your TT bike more often. Try doing one hard ride and one easy ride each week alone on your TT bike, as well as one or two long rides each month. Stick to flat to rolling routes, so that you can stay aero for the majority of the ride.
How do you get used to the TT position?
Seven Tips To Get Comfortable In The Aero Position
- Get A Good Bike Fit. Whether you’re buying a new tri bike or putting aerobars on your road bike, you need a professional’s expertise.
- Assess Your Weight.
- Ease Yourself In On A Trainer.
- Start With The “Run/Walk” Method.
- Use The Terrain As A Guide.
- Try This Workout.
How do you lower the head on a TT bike?
Get the hands together as close as possible, but if elbows are a bit wider you can drop your head between your shoulder blades. Try it at your desk or at a table with your elbows really close together. Hard to get the head low.
How much faster does a TT bike make you?
The BikeRadar website claims the advantage a TT bike gives you is 60-70 watts at 40 km/h, that is, it takes 270-280 watts to ride a road bike at that speed and 220 watts to ride a TT bike. Translated into seconds, a TT bike gives you 9 seconds per kilometre advantage. This is six minutes in a 40 km time trial.
What is special about a triathlon bike?
One main difference is simply the way the seat is positioned. On a triathlon bike, the seat tube is steeper than a road bike. The angle of the seat tube on a triathlon bike forces the hips to sit forward which gives the rider less tension on their quadriceps and hamstrings.
Is a TT bike uncomfortable?
I would go as far as to say they are extremely comfortable. They have a pair of nice padded elbow rests up front so you can really get into your chill zone, and you can get so low on them it is almost as if you are lying down; the risk is that you may actually fall asleep while riding the bike.
How do you set up a road bike for a triathlon?
How To: Use a road bike for triathlon
- Just ride your road bike as-is. Yep, you can do it completely old school and ride your ride bike with no modifications.
- Use shorty clip-on aerobars. The next simplest fix would be to use short clip-on aero bars.
- Seatpost, saddle, aerobar change.
How do I choose a triathlon saddle?
Triathletes, especially long-distance ones, will spend extended periods of time on the aerobars. So a tri-friendly saddle should have a narrow, flat profile due to the rider being in this aggressive forward position, with their weight placed towards the nose.