- 1 Is it hard to ride a triathlon bike?
- 2 Should I train on my triathlon bike?
- 3 How do you control a bike handle?
- 4 How much faster is a TT bike vs road bike?
- 5 Is a TT bike uncomfortable?
- 6 Can you change a triathlon bike to a road bike?
- 7 Why are triathlon bikes so expensive?
- 8 Why do triathletes use TT bikes?
- 9 Can I ride a gravel bike in a triathlon?
- 10 Do triathletes train on their tri bikes?
- 11 Can you ride a TT bike on the road?
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.
Should I train on my triathlon bike?
Riding a tri bike is much more challenging then on a road bike. If your back is tight or sore after getting off the bike your run will surely suffer, so training time in the aero position is essential! So your long rides should be on your tri bike.
How do you control a bike handle?
- Hold a straight line. Whether riding on an open road or in a race, always look over your shoulder before swinging from one side of the road to the other.
- When to brake.
- Control through the corners.
- Shift before you stop.
- Steady bottle grab.
How much faster is a TT bike vs road bike?
The BikeRadar website claims the advantage a TT bike gives you is 60-70 watts at 40 km/h, that is, it takes 270-280 watts to ride a road bike at that speed and 220 watts to ride a TT bike. Translated into seconds, a TT bike gives you 9 seconds per kilometre advantage. This is six minutes in a 40 km time trial.
Is a TT bike uncomfortable?
I would go as far as to say they are extremely comfortable. They have a pair of nice padded elbow rests up front so you can really get into your chill zone, and you can get so low on them it is almost as if you are lying down; the risk is that you may actually fall asleep while riding the bike.
Can you change 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.
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.
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.
Can I ride a gravel bike in 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!
Do triathletes train on their tri bikes?
I generally train on my tri bike to get used to the position and to train the specific muscles. I’ve been talking to a few people who prefer training on a road bike and using the tri bike only for racing and hard (race pace or threshold) training.
Can you ride a TT bike on the road?
Tri/time trial bikes aren’t allowed In road races and are shunned by anyone with a clue in charity rides/ organized road ride. You don’t have nearly enough control of your shifting or your breaking in any position, and you’ve got glorified skewers pointed into the ass if anybody in front of you.