- 1 What kind of bike do I need for a triathlon?
- 2 Does a triathlon bike make a difference?
- 3 Can you do a triathlon on a hybrid bike?
- 4 Can you do a triathlon on a mountain bike?
- 5 How much should I spend on a triathlon bike?
- 6 Why are triathlon bikes so expensive?
- 7 Do triathletes Pee on the bike?
- 8 Why do triathletes use TT bikes?
- 9 Is a triathlon bike faster than a road bike?
- 10 Can you use a gravel bike for a triathlon?
- 11 What is the difference between time trial bike and triathlon bike?
- 12 Can I convert a triathlon bike to a road bike?
- 13 Can you use any bike for a triathlon?
- 14 Do triathlon bikes have gears?
- 15 How do you fit a triathlon bike?
What kind of bike do I need for a triathlon?
Yes, you will need a bike. No, it does not need to be expensive. We see people do triathlons on their old mountain bikes, hybrids, or other slower bikes — and especially with a couple simple modifications these bikes can do very well. If you can, try to use a road bike, even if you simply borrow one from a friend.
Does a triathlon bike 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.
Can you do a triathlon on a hybrid bike?
The advantage of a hybrid bike is that you can use it for so many things, so if you only plan on doing one triathlon, then this may be a good option for you (although if your one and only triathlon is longer than an olympic distance, I would consider moving up in the bike World, and try a road bike instead).
Can you do a triathlon on a mountain bike?
Can I use a mountain bike in a triathlon/duathlon? You can use a mountain bike but it may be worth considering changing your tyres to road tyres. These will give you a smoother ride meaning that you will go quicker on the road.
How much should I spend on a triathlon bike?
Still, it is pretty easy to spend $1,500 to $2,000 on a quality starter triathlon bike and end up with a very good ride. Here are a few things to look for in your entry-level tri bike, along with a few recommendations.
Why are triathlon 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.
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.
Why do triathletes use TT bikes?
Triathlon’s are stand-out challenge’s that require proper training and sharp focus. Triathlon’s also require the proper bike to ride. From the geometry of the frame and its efficient aerodynamics, to the angles of the seat tube and aerodynamics, riding a triathlon bike will enhance your triathlon results.
Is a triathlon bike faster than a road 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.
Can you use a gravel bike for a triathlon?
The 700c gravel wheelset is the same dimension as to what you usually ride on your tri bike. Triathletes can use gravel riding as a great opportunity to grab some friends and go exploring without worrying about your pace or power- just enjoy the ride!
What is the difference between time trial bike and triathlon bike?
By design, triathlon bikes are made to go the distance. In contrast, time trial riders get off the bike completely spent. Their bikes are designed for only one thing—speed. As such, triathlon bikes favor a more relaxed position and a lighter frame than time trial bikes.
Can I convert a triathlon bike to a road bike?
The geometry is different on most tri frames but there are some bikes that are double-duty (Kestrels come to mind). Fit is key to making it work and due to your position on a tri bike, you may need a setback seatpost to get anywhere near a road bike fit.
Can you use any bike for a triathlon?
For your first triathlon, any bicycle that you have access to will work fine. If a bicycle fits correctly, you’re more likely to enjoy cycling and find it easy to spend time riding. A good fit also reduces the likelihood of cycling-related injuries.
Do triathlon bikes have gears?
Your standard racing bike (triathlon or road) has 10 gears attached to the rear wheel, collectively known as the cassette. Each one of those gears is a cog. Up front, attached to your cranks, are the gears we call the chain rings.
How do you fit a triathlon bike?
Sit on your bike with your weight central on the saddle and arms on the bars in your race position. Position one leg at the bottom of the pedal stroke and straighten your knee. If your saddle is the right height, the sole of your shoe should tilt downwards with the heel 1-3cm lower than the toe.