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First — I am sure this question has been answered somewhere, but I cant find it. Apologies in advance for that.
Im relatively new to cycling, and my main bike is a TT bike. I was looking to get into group rides for fitness and to meet some people. Ive done a lot of reading and it seems that some groups are fully against anyone with a TT bike, while others are OK as long as the rider stays out of the aero-bars (unless pulling).
What is the feeling of WCC? The site rules  say not recommended, but dont really capture what the general feeling of the group is.
Also, if TT bikes are ok (minus use of the bars), how will I find the ride when it comes to climbing, being on the horns for long distances, etc?
 – “Triathlon bars are very unsafe in a group setting and are therefore not recommended”
Hi Chris… and welcome to WCC!
You’ve hit the nail on the head with the rule you listed… it is HIGHLY unsafe to ride in a group with TT bikes. Either you are too far from the brakes or too far from the shifters, having to shift your focus on riding close to reaching for something else. I am also a triathlete (as are a fair number of other members). This issue has been raised before, and it is always the same recommendation… get thee a road bike to ride in groups. I’m not sure what the consensus would be at the group rides… I have seen a couple people riding TT bikes in the groups, but it’s pretty rare.
Personally, I think if you prove yourself in the novice groups that you can handle yourself on a bike, it shouldn’t be an issue, but there still is the safety of the entire group to be considered, and it’s entirely up to the ride leaders to decide.
Again, welcome to the site and the club. Hope you have a safe and enjoyable time.
A few people ride TT bikes at the Wednesday night novice ride and I’ve seen a person or two ride a TT bike in the slower groups on Tuesday night. As you mentioned before just make sure you keep your hands by the breaks and stay off the aero bars. I’d recommend that you come out to a Wednesday night ride and see how it goes. There are always members there to answer any questions you might have. Hope to see you on the road!
Ride it like a road bike and nobody will care
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