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12/06/2015 at 06:50

I have destroyed the frame on my winter/commuting bike. Does anyone have experience with the ribble ally TT frame. I cannot warrant getting a carbon for what I am going to use it for and I do not really want to spend much more, on something that may get dented. the reason behind the TT frame and not a standard road bike a) its heavy (1.6kg) reasoning if I work harder in training its easier in racing. b) Geometry will be roughly the same as my race bike.

Many thanks in advance

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23/01/2015 at 05:35

Try TTbikefit for a rough idea on bike sizing mybike fit beta



But as ris has said riding experience is faultless.


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28/11/2014 at 07:30
Different factors come into this, 1. the course 2. weather.
If you use the individual disciplines 40 mins 1 mile swim, 20km bike 40 mins, 10km run 40 mins, 5km run 20mins etc.
Then bracket them to suit your ability.
These are averages so anything under for a total novice is going to be good. But its easy to forget our first tri and the feelings and mess ups we have done see conversation
30/09/2014 at 20:23

I had similar problems especially in cooler water. Ear plugs or putty works well. Alternatively when you exit bounce on one foot with your ear facing down on the opposite side L,ear right foot, you should drain the water in 1 or 2 hops. JUst be carefull on the move.

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10/09/2014 at 20:29

Releasing the shift lock nut works, might be over tightened but check the rest first. cables new, moves freely and not frayed? derailleur working fine, full movement? 

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10/09/2014 at 20:17

I use BIOFLEX CARBON, on recommendation from the LBS. Love it.

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10/09/2014 at 20:07

Hi Eleanor, 

Don't worry about the race, I think everyone in the sport beat themselves up on their first. I slept for 3 hours in the previous 24hrs prior, my time was not too bad, but I was like a zombie. 

Race food a healthy breakfast (what you normally eat.) 

keep yourself hydrated with water.

(you need to train with doing this.) Pre race snack Banana or similar. and a SIP or 2 of water. (you should have enough fluids in you for this and sprint distance.)You should know how much you physically need of water. I use it as mouthwash on anything under 4 hrs some people drink a liter in that time. If you train and decide not to take water in the this race, make sur you have good recovery drinks after including high potassium foods.

with the warm up (you need to train high intensity warmups) I would do that of what ris has said. gentle short jog/bike shoulder specific exercises. Then stretch well.

Hope you enjoy it.

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10/09/2014 at 19:46

I train for everything as a time trial, except recoveries. Then a rest period. Structured programs work very well, but I believe you have to follow them. I do not get that much training time now so everything I do is based on experience and that mad dog behind me


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10/09/2014 at 19:36

foot flexibility is essential for a good kick, so if you kneel down and sit on your underside of the foot, then lean back- start off with normal flexibility then increase over the weeks. keep the feet straight.


the tendons that you need to stretch are often neglected so errr on the side of caution, injuries could happen very fast. 

You probably suffer with runners kick where you bend the knee too much. tensing the knee cap and moving the entire leg from the liopsois muscles improves this, but it is a concentrated muscle group and will take alot of concentration so aim for a length at a time. leg movement needs to be fluid and relaxed. Once you have mastered the technique merge it with the rest of the technique.

Something like 25% of swim speed and power comes from the kick. So I would use it only to clear a lane, for endurance the upper body movement is probably more of a priority.  

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05/09/2014 at 05:54

I'm presuming your budget is still under 1k


Canondale CAAD you get a OK groupset but the frame is excellent. (fast, light and aggressive.And it's the same frame as the more expensive CAADs) 

CANYON bikes but I think their road bikes are over budget.

Their are a lot of sportive bikes for that money, they do not suit my riding so I look at the geometry then dismiss. with bikes try before you buy, and make sure you get the right fit. Their are so many companies measurements slightly different.

And I'm nervous about cheap carbon 

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