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  • There are only a few topics about TTs and as far as I can tell non about TT frames so I thought I'd start one.

    I'm getting quite interested in building a fixed TT bike and I've just been to a taster session at 'Bike Science' who do TT bike fitting.

    Who rides TTs fixed? What frame do you use? Planet X and Ribble make sutable frames with track ends but are there any other steep angled, low fronted, track ended rigs around?

  • apparently Condor make one:

  • Pursuit track frames are what people generally use.

  • 24 pages of fixed gear time trial bikes, I win?
    timetriallingforum.co.uk/inde­x.php?showtopic=23237

  • apparently Condor make one:

    The owner of this beast is a member on here - as i recall it was a one off custom build, a variation on one of their TT/Road frames with track ends. Such an awesome build

  • 24 pages of fixed gear time trial bikes, I win?
    timetriallingforum.co.uk/inde­x.php?showtopic=23237

    oh well its cheating if you read another forum!

    i'd completely forgotten about that thread though so thanks for reminding me its here. I dont often post on TT forum after getting pissed off with a bunch of 'climate change deniers'. Sad.

    Might still be of interest to some folk on here right?

  • i have a planet x stealth which does the job - longer than i'd like though

    this is fricking sick...

  • I'm thinking of converting my TT bike to fixed. I has horizontal dropouts so it should be fine.

  • sexy as!

  • The owner of this beast is a member on here - as i recall it was a one off custom build, a variation on one of their TT/Road frames with track ends. Such an awesome build

    it's mike who writes this blog :

    mikesimagination.wordpress.com/

  • Its a cool blog - i remember him linking to it before, he has one hell of a stable of bikes, and gets up to some cool shit

    Heres his original post on here, some good pics

    http://www.lfgss.com/thread5655.html

  • When I do TTs I do it on my fixed which is a Spesh Tricross SS, but it's just a standard diamond with drops and no spoks or disks.

    I'm not nearly good enough or rich enough to start playing the equipment game.

    That said, I ride TT's faster fixed than I do geared.

  • Send him a PM and buy his bike off him!
    timetriallingforum.co.uk/inde­x.php?showtopic=48700

  • it's mike who writes this blog :

    mikesimagination.wordpress.com/

    He also has a *beautiful *Storck:

    Yum.

  • Its a cool blog - i remember him linking to it before, he has one hell of a stable of bikes, and gets up to some cool shit

    Heres his original post on here, some good pics

    http://www.lfgss.com/thread5655.html

    haha, that'll be me then. Sadly the Stadio frame got written off... ho hum, c'est la vie. as for the stable of bikes, ya much simpler now - just 5... Have stopped TT'ing this year due to lack of motivation after riding through South America.. and other stuff getting in the way of commitment to racing. I've sold most of the parts of the Condor as I need the £££ for other projects (I volunteered for redundancy from my aero engineering job).. Not to say there won't be a replacement eventually ;-)

  • Shame about the Condor - one of the best builds i have ever seen - keep up the good work with the blog!

  • Shame about the Condor - one of the best builds i have ever seen - keep up the good work with the blog!

    cool, thanks... yeah gonna be growing a beard and riding audax bikes with mudguards n' dynamos n' shit... ;-)

    or not..

  • If you look at my post in Hippy's Time Trial thread (#96, near the bottom of page 2) you will find a photo of my fixed TT bike.

    I cannot claim to have done any super fast rides on this machine, but I doubt whether I'd improve very much even if I threw unlimited money at this problem.

    For the great majority of TT riders there are not going to be many days when they are in sight of winning events outright, but there is always the possibility of impressing your mates with a better ride than they expected, and this is where a basic fixed wheel TT bike has an advantage over a state of the art machine which can so easily lead to embarassment if you have an off day (and remember, these are usually more frequent than the days when you're really pinging).

    You may notice this frame has forward opening road ends. It's worth mentioning that these were originally designed in the 1920's to aid rapid wheel changing for the then almost universal single gear set ups, and I suspect TT riders in the 20's and 30's would have thought of track ends for road use as old fashioned and inconvenient.

    I did try to move the original post to this thread, but it didn't want to work.

  • Going to try my local TT fixed for the first time on Thursday. Not entirely sure on which gear to ride but to start with I've put on 42x15 with is about the 76" mark. I normally ride 36x14 (69") on my daily bike but I've never been flat out for 10miles on it. I just know that I can do 17miles in 55minutes.

    Don't think I'll use the disc though. A bit too much like 'all the gear no idea' as I'm not the fittest person around anymore

  • Going to try my local TT fixed for the first time on Thursday. Not entirely sure on which gear to ride but to start with I've put on 42x15 with is about the 76" mark. I normally ride 36x14 (69") on my daily bike but I've never been flat out for 10miles on it. I just know that I can do 17miles in 55minutes.

    Don't think I'll use the disc though. A bit too much like 'all the gear no idea' as I'm not the fittest person around anymore

    Just stick the fucker at 80+ otherwise you ain't a man.

  • Ok, 42x14 (81) or 42x13 (87) it is.

    Having not ridden my track bike in about 3yrs I'm unused to these big numbers

  • What's the course like? Straight out and back? Flat? Depends on your own legs but I'd go for the larger of those two choices.

    You've got a disc wheel, why not use it?

  • It's fairly flat. Straight out and back downhill on the way out then a couple of straight drags on the way back. I've got 2 free days where I can try out the gears so I should be able to find out whats best then.

    I'm a bit worried about puncturing the tub on the disc. It's just a 23mm Tufo designed for track. I won't be using a rear brake anyway but this disc hasn't got a braking surface. Do discs actually have a braking surface?

  • Discs meant for road have a braking surface.

    If you're worried about the Tufo on the road (I've never used them so no idea how likely they are to p_nct_re) then sure, run a normal wheel. I just figured there's no point NOT using the disc just because you're worried what the other people think.

  • I rode quite a few 10 milers fixed in the 1990's, riding fixed was good because you just focus on riding as fast as you can (yes i know it sounds obvious...)

    With gears i find i change up to too big a gear only to have to change back down 30 seconds later

    My fastest TT was on a geared bike though in late season, only used the fixie early season, first 4-5 TT's

    HTH

    thebaldbuzzard

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