Road Bike vs Aero Bike for Triathlon – The Art of Triathlon
- The honest answer is that for your first triathlon any safe functioning bike will work. People complete their first triathlons on road bikes, commuter bikes, old rusty ten speeds and mountain bikes. For your first couple of triathlons any bike is good enough.
- 1 What kind of bike is best for a triathlon?
- 2 What bike should I get for my first triathlon?
- 3 Can I use any bike for a triathlon?
- 4 Is it worth getting a triathlon bike?
- 5 Why are tri bikes so expensive?
- 6 Can I use a hybrid bike for a triathlon?
- 7 Why do tri bikes look different?
- 8 How much faster will a tri bike make me?
- 9 Can I do an Ironman with a road bike?
- 10 Do you need a tri bike for an Ironman?
- 11 What is the difference between a road bike and a triathlon bike?
- 12 Do triathletes Pee on the bike?
- 13 Can you ride a triathlon bike on the road?
What kind of bike is best for a triathlon?
Best triathlon bikes to buy in 2021
- Canyon Speedmax CF 8.0. A super light speedster coupled with a great groupset.
- Ribble Ultra Tri Shimano 105. Pro-grade frame in its full carbon glory.
- Cervelo 105 Disc. Affordable tt bike from an Ironman favourite brand.
- Felt IA | Advanced, Rim Brake | 105 | 2020.
- BMC Timemachine 02 Two 2020.
What bike should I get for my first triathlon?
Another way to get into a triathlon-ready bike is by going with a road bike that has an aggressive, race position. These aggressive bikes will not be the endurance bikes that end to be more upright, but rather that flatter-geometry bikes that put you in the drop bars at an angle that is nearly that of the tri bikes.
Can I 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.
Is it worth getting a triathlon bike?
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.
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.
Can I use a hybrid bike for a triathlon?
One of the more common questions we get from beginner triathletes is if they can use their mountain bike, commuter bike, or hybrid bike in the triathlon. The answer is yes, absolutely – especially if you are doing a sprint or perhaps even an Olympic distance.
Why do tri bikes look different?
It’s the frame geometry that makes a triathlon bike different to a road bike as the aim is to get your upper body lower and further forwards. 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.
How much faster will a tri bike make me?
In general you will see a 1.5 mph – 2 mph boost in speed between a TT and a road bike assuming the rider is using regular shorts, jersey and helmet along with no aero wheels. Most of that is due to the differing rider position (i.e. more aero).
Can I do an Ironman with a road bike?
Road bikes are comfortable to ride as long as you get the right fit. They handle better and give a rider more confidence. They also give the rider multiple positions on the handlebars, which is important when riding 112 miles in an Ironman. I also put tri bars on my road bike.
Do you need a tri bike for an Ironman?
You Don’t Need a Fancy Bike Seriously, you don’t need a snazzy triathlon bike to do well in one of these races. I passed a lot of Cervelo P3s and aero helmets on my road bike, a Trek Emonda I’d equipped with aero bars. I wore a regular helmet and normal jersey.
What is the difference between a road bike and a triathlon bike?
How They’re Different. The most notable difference is the design, or geometry of the frame of each bike. Triathlon bikes have a steeper angle of the seat. Seats on a road bike are positioned at, on average, 78 degrees while the angle on a triathlon bike is closer to 72 degrees.
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.
Can you 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.