Don’t want to interrupt the current issue but here’s my question.
I’m an XC racer. Quite decent locally. Don’t have a proper road bike. Always wanted one. National TT champs are next week and I’d like to do join since that’s where all of the exposure is. Managed to loan one, though it’s 54 instead of my 52 vintage road bike that I use with TR.
I set it up identically as far as fore/aft goes, and swapped the 100mm stem for the 80mm one from my mtb. Saddle to bar drop ended up a bit lower as well.
Feels fine, perhaps a bit stretched out but I’m on my fifth ride and my back is holding up. My hands are getting numb but I can live with that for now.
The race I’m entering is a TT, so with my lack of experience I was wondering if it’s worth it to pursue a more aero setup or stick with what I’m used to.
If I go with a more aero setup, I won’t get aero bars (couldn’t find any locally) but I was thinking of rotating the bars a bit to rely on the hoods with bent forearms, and bring the saddle forward a bit. I realize I would need to raise it as well, but by how much? I got 1.5cm of room to slide it forward before going over the MAX mark.
I also realize that with the hand numbness problem I might find trouble with the forearms as well, but I always went puppy paws on the MTB and felt pretty good. Not too scientific, I know.
Also, I would be using a mtb helmet with enough coverage for trail riding, so the whole thing is starting to feel a little ridiculous but I still have faith in myself to do well and would like to maximize my performance as much as possible.
Sorry for the lack of detail and insight but I’m in a bit of a hurry and only have read the basics so far. Thanks in advance!