What Bike To Use On First Triathlon

Second of the series - Starting with triathlon

Second of the series – Starting with triathlon



Yes, your bike is fine. Any bike you’re currently riding will work just fine. It can be a road bike, mountain bike or hybrid. Many people have completed their first triathlon on a borrowed bicycle. Be sure the bike is correctly fit to you and is in good working order.

The most common bicycles found in a typical race transition area include triathlon, road, mountain and hybrid. As the race becomes more competitive, such as USA Triathlon National Championships or Ironman, the majority of bicycles in the transition area are triathlon bikes and perhaps a few road bikes.

A bicycle designed for the road, often called a road bike, has skinny tires and frame geometry intended for road riding. The frame geometry measurement people talk about most often is the seat tube angle, or the angle that the tube supporting your saddle makes in relation to the ground. A road bike seat tube angle typically ranges from about 73 to 75 degrees.

Mountain and hybrid bikes usually have tires that are wider and have a more aggressive tread pattern and than those found on a road bike. The seat tube angles often range from just over 71 to as steep as 75 degrees. The lower seat tube angles found on these bikes is considered a “more relaxed” frame geometry. The frame geometry for mountain bikes is designed for heavy off-road riding, single track, and going over rocks and other trail obstacles.

Hybrid bikes are designed for road and light off-road riding, such as dirt roads with few technical obstacles.

Triathlon- or time trial-specific frames have skinny tires like a road bike and are intended for road use. The most visible differences between a triathlon bike and a road bike include aerobars instead of regular handle bars and many models have specially shaped frame tubing and special wheels. These design features are intended to minimize drag and increase speed (more on this later.) Triathlon bikes have steeper seat tube angles that are typically 75 to 80 degrees.

Determine your budget before shopping for a new ride. For all types of bicycles, you can find a wide range of prices. As price increases, the increase is related to one or more of the following factors: lightweight frame material, special aerodynamic frame design, aerodynamic wheels, lightweight components, high quality components that resist wear with higher volumes of training, or new technical advances in design.

But for all beginner triathletes that comes to Bodyfeed Endurance Training we do recommend that you deal with what you got for a few months and even on your first races to make sure that you will keep your life as a triathlete moving on and that you  want to spend money with equipment. Bicycles are the must expensive item of a triathletes wish list so, make sure of your choice before buy it.


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