Are you a beginner triathlete who is just about to do your first triathlon and wondering what beginner triathlon bike you should use? A-Race Taren explains the process of how beginner triathletes should go about getting bikes for their first several triathlon races.
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I put on my super cool bicycle shirt and my super cool biking hat because today we’re talking about what bike you should buy if you’re about to enter your shirt triathlon, or get into your first triathlon season. Stick around for it.
A lot of people ask what bike they should buy is they’re just getting into triathlon. Today we’re going to talk about three options and figure out which bike is the right type of bike for you to buy depending on how you’re getting into the sport, and what your intentions are in your first year. For a person that’s just getting into triathlon by doing one race and they’re not sure if they’re going to be doing any other races beyond that and they aren’t planning on doing a whole heck of a lot of training before the race just go with what you’ve got. So let’s say you’ve gone through your first triathlon, maybe a couple, and you’re ready to spend a little bit of money on a bike but you’re not quite sure how your training is going to end up, how much you’re going to be able to train, or what you really want out of a bike. For somebody like this I would certainly recommend buying a used bike and not going with something new out of a shop just yet. The reason for that is that you don’t yet know exactly how your training is going to turn out, what types of races you’re going to be doing, what you want out of the sport, so spending retail dollars on a new bike might hurt you in the long run because just like cars bikes do tend to depreciate. What I would do is go to a local bike shop, get them to size you up for a bike because that’s absolutely critical. After you get sized at a bike shop, start looking at things like the buy and sell, Craigslist and Kijiji if you’re up in Canada. Now let’s say you’ve made it a season or two on that entry level bike and you know exactly what you want out of a bike. You know how you train, you know what types of races you want to do, this is when you warm up that credit card and have some fun and go into a local bike shop and have them set you up. You’ve got two options, the first option that you can do is grab yourself a road bike and try to turn it into a triathlon bike this is where you end up taking a road bike like this, putting on a pair of aerobars, and setting it up as close to a triathlon bike as you can. This sort of strategy works really well for somebody who tends to ride a lot in a group because a road bike has excellent handling skills, all of the controls are up on the handlebars in one area. You can brake, you can shift up and down as you need, so it’s just much safer for riding in a group. So let’s say that you’re a triathlon through and through: you ride by yourself, you’re not in a group, it’s basically just solo miles getting prepped for your next race, that’s when you start getting into the pure aerodynamic triathlon bike that is made for nothing but going very fast, in a straight line, that’s what it’s great for. Why a triathlon bike is so much better than a road bike specifically for triathlon is for a couple reasons: number one, it’s much more aerodynamic, it’s built for going in that straight line and getting you down in that aerodynamic position where the mass of your body is tucked in together and you’re out of the wind as much as possible. The second reason that a triathlon bike is much better for triathlon is the way that your body sits on a triathlon bike it opens up your hips and you’re much more upright so you tire out the front and back of your legs a lot more equally than if you’re scrunched up on a road bike. That means that when you get of the bike you’re going to be fresher for the run. I would certainly recommend buying nicer components like Shimano Ultegra, Sram Force or better. And stay out of the thousand to twenty-five hundred dollar bike kind of range, and certainly go to a three-thousand dollar or up bike. The bang for your buck at that level of bike is basically the sweet spot. For cheap bikes you’re not getting a lot, the really expensive bikes you gonna get a lot but it’s not a huge benefit to be spending eight, nine, ten thousand dollars on a bike. Happy training out there, good luck in your first triathlon if this season is the season for your first triathlon.