How do you optimize the TT position?
The general advice is to keep them inside the width of your hips because they are also breaking the airflow, so also long as your elbows aren’t sticking out like a sail, there shouldn’t be much effect. Again, this is something that really can’t be measured outside of the wind tunnel.
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.
How much faster is aero position?
In simpler terms, the aero savings achieved by simply moving from a relaxed hood position to the horizontal arms position at 45kph would result in a 1.65kph speed increase at the same wattage, which results in a two minute time saving over the course of a 40km TT.
How long does it take to get used to TT bike?
It depends on a myriad of things that are specific to the rider. However, it is widely agreed that it takes around two months of regular use or riding around One Hundred Miles to get used to the handling and triathlon bike position.
How do you get the TT position on a road bike?
Here are my general rules for setting up a road bike for time trialing:
- Move the saddle forward. One centimeter should do it.
- Tilt the nose of the saddle down. But only slightly — just a degree or two.
- Align your arms so they’re in front of your legs. Use a mirror to check.
- Set your arm angle.
How long does it take to get used to a TT bike?
How to ride in the aero position on a bike?
If you’re looking for a truly relaxed aero position to start with, you can flip your stem upwards, or try out stems with lesser or greater drop, and try flipping those. Once you’ve set a bar height that looks comfortable to you, hop on and ride in the aero position. Ideally your forearms are level.
How do I adjust to a new aero position?
One of the best ways to adapt to a new aero position is to do SteadyState intervals (basically lactate threshold power output or heart rate, 90-95rpm cadence) on a road with a slight incline (2-4% grade). You want a slight grade to help increase the resistance so you’re always feeling a little bit “behind the gear” instead of “on top of the gear”.
How does the TT position work?
The whole point of the TT position is to reduce your frontal surface area that is exposed to the wind by bringing your head back in perfect alignment with your rear.
Why are TT riders slower than normal riders?
It’s your body, and we’d bet there are more than a few people who are actually slower in their TT position than they are on a standard road bike. The whole point of the TT position is to reduce your frontal surface area that is exposed to the wind by bringing your head back in perfect alignment with your rear.