- 1 Why are triathlon bikes different from road bikes?
- 2 Why dont they use triathlon bikes in the Olympics?
- 3 Do triathlon bikes make a difference?
- 4 What’s special about triathlon bikes?
- 5 Which is faster road bike or tri bike?
- 6 Why are tri bikes so expensive?
- 7 Why do pro triathletes use road bikes?
- 8 Why are aero bars not allowed?
- 9 Why do triathletes use time trial bikes?
- 10 Do triathletes Pee on the bike?
- 11 Is it hard to ride a triathlon bike?
- 12 Is a triathlon bike worth it?
- 13 Can I ride a triathlon bike on the road?
- 14 Can you train on a triathlon bike?
Why are triathlon bikes different from road bikes?
SEAT POSITION One main difference is simply the way the seat is positioned. On a triathlon bike, the seat tube is steeper than a road bike. The angle of the seat tube on a triathlon bike forces the hips to sit forward which gives the rider less tension on their quadriceps and hamstrings.
Why dont they use triathlon bikes in the Olympics?
Subject: RE: Why No Triathlon Bikes in the Olympics? ITU regs places limits on the design of a bike. ITU style racing more akin to a CRIT than a TT. Even if a TT bike was legal, it wouldn’t necessarily be desirable because a road style bike is easier to handle in a group.
Do triathlon bikes make a difference?
The most notable difference is the design, or geometry of the frame of each bike. Triathlon bikes have a steeper angle of the seat. The steeper angle allows the user to travel at a faster rate because you can bend your body down lower which reduces wind resistance.
What’s special about triathlon bikes?
Tri bikes are designed to help you become streamlined by positioning your torso level with the ground. Manufacturers give tri bikes a steeper seat angle (angle between seat tube and an imaginary straight line where the top tube meets the seat tube) than a road bike.
Which is faster road bike or tri bike?
Triathlon bikes are designed to make riders faster. The seat tube is closer to vertical than a road bike’s. This steeper geometry places the rider’s hips over the crankset which engages their quadriceps more for increased power.” Tri bikes are more aerodynamic and are “faster” than road bikes.
Why are tri bikes so expensive?
However, why triathlon bikes seem more expensive is because there is no viable low-end market for triathlon bikes. The thing is, there is no such thing as a casual triathlete rider. If they are casual, they use a road bike. Road bikes are more versatile and comfortable.
Why do pro triathletes use road bikes?
Road bikes are super lightweight and great for climbing If you live somewhere that has any sort of undulating terrain, a road bike is a great tool to be able to fly up the climbs. Often times when climbing, even if on a triathlon specific bike, you are not in the aero position.
Why are aero bars not allowed?
Aerobars can be considered less safe for a few reasons: mostly because your hands are not on the brakes while riding in the aerobars. It also takes more practice and skill to maintain a straight line in the aerobars (especially in cross winds) due to how close your arms are together.
Why do triathletes use time trial bikes?
By design, triathlon bikes are made to go the distance. Triathletes often ride through hilly terrain, cover distances up to 112 miles during races and must transition to running quickly and efficiently. In contrast, time trial riders get off the bike completely spent. Their bikes are designed for only one thing—speed.
Do triathletes Pee on the bike?
On to the matter at hand – yes, some triathletes do, in fact, pee on their bikes. If it’s not obvious, triathletes pee while riding their bike so they don’t have to stop – saving precious time for competitive races.
Is it hard to ride a triathlon bike?
Triathlon bikes are squirrelly aerodynamic beasts. They are great for speed, but frame geometry, riding down on aerobars and weight distribution (especially with bento boxes and bar-mounted hydration systems) can make tri bikes especially difficult to handle as compared to road bikes.
Is a triathlon bike worth it?
Triathlon bikes are almost worthless outside of triathlon and time trialing. They’re not as safe, as comfortable, or as easy to handle as a road bike. In fact, you can still be pretty competitive on a road bike with some solid training and coaching.
Can I ride a triathlon bike on the road?
Registered. Tri/time trial bikes aren’t allowed In road races and are shunned by anyone with a clue in charity rides/ organized road ride.
Can you train on a triathlon bike?
So clearly it is in any triathletes best interest to train on a tri bike if that is what you are going to race on. So get in some base miles and climbing time on the road bike, but get in long rides, some intervals and runs off the tri bike and your race should have good results!