Using a road bike for Time Trialling

Bikes customised for time trialling are great. They are designed from head to toe with a focus on aerodynamics and comfort, making sure that you stay in your 'tuck' position as much as possible. However, there can be very good reasons for reconfiguring your regular road bike for occasional time trial use.

Ridley Noah for time trialling

Ridley Noah for time trialling

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In my case, I have acquired a very nice road bike - the Ridley Noah 1303am - and it is so comfortable to ride that I have decided to try using it for time trialling. My main priority is to put tri-bars on and to get their position as low as is (comfortably and legally) possible. Here's what I've done:


  • Used a handlebar stem with as much stem angle as possible - 12 degrees or more.
  • Mounted the bar stem as low as possible on the steerer tube.
  • iPhone mounted on tri-bars

    iPhone mounted on tri-bars

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  • Positioned the chosen Profile tri-bars so that they toe-in towards each other, allowing for a more natural handling position.

  • iPhone mounted on tri-bars

    iPhone mounted on tri-bars

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  • Used an iPhone arm-band to fix my iPhone inbetween the arms of the tri-bars.

Ridley Noah: front view

Ridley Noah: front view

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The end result is a reasonably minimal frontal area, extremely comfortable and aerodynamic riding position, and easy viewing of my iPhone for tracking my progress. The only downside is that the gears aren't immediately accessible, but that should discourage me from excessive gear-changing anyway - the dreaded 'gear fiddling' that can set in on a tiring, long event.



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