TT Tip of the Week: Adjust your helmet straps!
(This is a continuation of my open challenge to Nytro readers: Cover 40K in under one hour (link)
In a purely watt per dollar equation, TT helmets constitute practically the best bang for your buck. Alas, I am not going to bore you with a TT helmet review, but I would like to take a minute to point out one (embarrassing) user error that is more common than one would expect.
This is how a TT helmet should fit.
This is what I frequently see in ttriathlons and time trials. I can just about guarantee that this is not what product designers had in mind in the wind tunnel. If you tend to keep your head low, or you like to point your eyes somewhat down while in the aerodynamic tuck, do this: adjust your straps. When you are standing up, the tail of the TT helmet should point down at an angle of 30 to 45 degrees. I've even heard of time trialists putting a small piece of velcro on the tip of their helmet to make it stick to their skinsuit. It also helps to actively think "chin out" when on the bike. Once everything is adjusted, get a friend to take a photo of you in your aero tuck on your bike. See how it looks. Better yet, find photos from previous races and compare. The posture of many athletes on the bike will be slightly different on the turbo trainer or in training to an actual race. Voila! Free speed! Enjoy! -Swami G