On Saturday, January 21, I will enter my first ever USA Cycling sanctioned road race – a time trial – a baby step in the process of other road races in the future, but I am both nervous and anxious to try this.
A few days ago, I installed a set of clip-on time trial bars and went for a shakedown ride around the neighborhood, an allen wrench set in my pocket to make any adjustments. The biggest adjustment came in just the first few pedal strokes when I dropped onto the arm pads. With arms that narrow, my pretty stable bike was now a twitchy beast, weaving all over the road. I must have looked like a drunk on a stolen bike.
After several stops and adjustments, I rode about and found that there’s no way that I could stay in that position for a full TT. The clip on bars seemed too long and too high – an odd combination and nothing I could to with allen keys was going to make that mo betta.Read More