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Top tips for choosing a triathlon bike

July 13, 2011

We asked Gareth Evans from Evans Cycles to share his top tips for women when considering buying a triathlon bike.

triathlon-bikes• Consider your budget and choose a bike which suits your needs, and that you’re going to get the most use out of. If you’re going to use it for commuting on as well as racing and leisure purposes then make sure it’s a good all-rounder.

• Triathlon specific bikes have an aggressive riding position with a different handlebar set-up than traditional road bikes, which affects the handling and steering of the bike and makes them less suitable for everyday use.

• Traditional road bikes are a more comfortable option for daily riding but it is important that it fits properly.

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• Although slightly less aerodynamic, a road bike is the best option for a novice triathlete as you can comfortably and safely use it for both training and racing.

• A pair of tri-bars and clipless pedals can be added when you are confident on the bike. The clip on tri-bars that mount on the top of the handlebars will help you achieve a more aerodynamic position and by wearing clipless pedals with bike shoes you are able to generate a much more efficient pedaling motion.

• Practice clipping your shoes in and out and also riding on the tri-bars to get use to the lower position. If you’re more advanced then you may want to try putting your shoes on whilst they are clipped in and you’re on the bike in preparation for fast race day transitions.

• Many brands now do specific women’s road and tri bikes that have slightly different geometries, as well as smaller and narrower bars, to suit a female build.

• Training tip: Cycling to work is a great way of getting some miles in on the bike amidst a busy lifestyle, and jumping on your bike and riding home is the best way to let go of the days stresses!

Head to www.evanscycles.com to check out their full range of bikes.

Gareth Evans, Sportsister
The Women’s Sports Magazine

Image credit: Human Race events – www.humanrace.co.uk

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