Should I buy a triathlon or time trial bike?
- Buying a triathlon or time trial bike can be more daunting than buying the best road bike, for example. If you haven’t got a lot of experience in bike technology, it’s easy to get lost in the details and get super confused by the different groupsets, chainsets and wheelsets.
- 1 Is it worth getting a triathlon bike?
- 2 Do triathlon bikes make a difference?
- 3 What is the point of a triathlon bike?
- 4 What bike should I get for my first triathlon?
- 5 Do triathletes Pee on the bike?
- 6 Why are tri bikes so expensive?
- 7 Why are tri bikes heavier?
- 8 Can you ride a triathlon bike on the road?
- 9 How much faster is a triathlon bike?
- 10 Are triathlon bikes good for long distance?
- 11 Are TT bikes faster than road bikes?
- 12 Can you train on a triathlon bike?
- 13 Can I use a hybrid bike for a triathlon?
- 14 Do you need a tri bike for an Ironman?
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.
Do triathlon bikes make a difference?
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. 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 is the point of a triathlon bike?
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.
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.
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 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 are tri bikes heavier?
A triathlon bike is heavier than a road bike by 2- 4 lbs or 1 to 2 kg. The reason is that the aim is to make a triathlon bike more aerodynamic rather than lightweight as it is in road bikes. The triathlon bikes come with bigger aerofoils and bigger frames than the road bike.
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.
How much faster is a triathlon bike?
there have been many tests in the wind tunnel and these tests often show in an Ironman event that a TT or Triathlon bike can be up to 3kph quicker, while this is a general figure you may find this slightly more or less depending on your position, wheel choice and average speed.
Are triathlon bikes good for long distance?
Yes. However, triathlon bikes are not tour bikes. Triathlon bikes can be ridden for long distances, but they are designed for relatively straight and flat ridding. You wouldn’t want a triathlon bike on any multi-day gran-fondos or do any serious mountain climbing or descending with a tri-bike.
Are TT bikes faster than road bikes?
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.
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!
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.
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.