Anyone here do Triathlons?
Road bike has done me fine so far, but I'm usually competing to stay off the bottom of the finishers list!
A "tri" bike is essentially a time-trial machine – not comfortable, but about putting you in the most efficient position for power and aero. Not the sort of thing you'd want to train on, nor mix with traffic on either. You'd want one in addition to a road bike – the former to train on, the tri bike for races – assuming you're sufficiently well off, and think your performance justifies the extra spend.
You can (and people do) spend thousands on fancy kit to improve their times when usually better technique (and better training) would help them a lot more. Ironically, if you do get quick enough to race in elites, you're not allowed tri bars and all that aero stuff – it's effectively plain road bikes only.Posted 7 years agosockpuppetSubscriber
there's perception that triathletes can't ride for toffee. this seems to stem from the fact that they are often out training in a fairly aero position. this tends to compromise control. or they're runners/swimmers out riding hard without much experience…
it's a harsh stereotype that is [slightly] borne out by experience.
it is not true of all triathletes, but that's stereotypes for youPosted 7 years ago
Entered a tri in August for fun and maybe some more in the future. On the issue of buying a bike. Road bike or Tri bike? Apart from the component differences, I believe there is distinctly different goemetry?.
Presumably a road bike could have a few component changes to make it a bit more triathlon, but if I bought a Tri bike, could it be converted into a road bike or does the tri specific geometry mean that it doesn't really convert to a good road bike?
What would be your recommendation on bike choice to start out with? I need to do a bit of training on the same bike I compete with (when I say 'compete', I actually only mean just 'complete').Posted 7 years ago
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