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Triathlon Bikes for Beginners

Triathlon Bikes for Beginners: The Ultimate Guide

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The biggest purchase you’ll make for triathlon is also the one that can make the most difference to your race finish time and, more importantly, your experience.

Triathlon Bikes for Beginners

Triathlon Bikes for Beginners

Triathlon Bike vs Road Bike
The big question facing every triathlete when choosing a bike is whether to go for a specific triathlon bike or a road bike. As specific tri bikes are hard to find under £1,000 this isn’t an issue for a lot of new triathletes. Just choose a road bike with a low front end that will convert easily to tri bar use, rather than the increasingly popular high-fronted sportive bikes.

Even if you spend more than £1,000, a conventional road bike will be safer and more comfortable when you’re riding with a road club, or if your terrain involves lots of hills or rough roads. There are also far more road bike options than tri or time-trial specific ones. If you tend to do most of your training solo on flatter roads, then getting totally synced with a tri bike’s more radical position will pay dividends when you’re racing. One popular option for triathletes who can afford it is to use two bikes: have a cheap road bike (preferably with mudguards fitted) for most of your training rides, and a triathlon-specific bike to save as an instant boost for pre-event tune-ups and the races themselves.


Aluminium has taken over from steel as the most common bike frame material. It has the advantage of being lightweight and relatively cheap to produce. Over the past few years manufacturers have begun to use ‘hydroforming’ techniques to mould it into ever more elaborate shapes.

Titanium can be built into light frames that are super-strong, which can be especially valuable for surviving the perils of travel and the hurly burly of a congested transition area. Brands such as Litespeed and Van Nicolas specialise in titanium and make some beautiful frames – but be warned: they ain’t cheap.

Carbon Fibre
Carbon fibre has become an increasingly popular frame material over recent years on bikes costing more than about £1,200. Its biggest advantages are its light weight and the fact it can be moulded into aerodynamic shapes that are impossible with metal, even with the use of hydroforming technology.

Why Pay More?
The groupset is the core of a bike’s components and normally includes the gears, brakes, cranks, bottom bracket, hubs and headset. The key manufacturers classify these components together in different levels. For example, Shimano’s top-end components are Dura-Ace, then you get Ultegra SL, Ultegra, 105 and so on.
As a rule, the more you spend on a bike, the higher the groupset components. But the differences are usually small. The main benefit is that you’ll get a lighter weight. That’s always worth having, but keep it in perspective as shaving a few grams is nowhere near as important as having an aerodynamic set-up.

Women’s Bikes
It’s a fact men far outnumber women in both triathlon and road bike racing but that is changing fast, so bike manufacturers are producing more ‘women-specific’ designs. Choice is still limited compared with standard road and tri bikes, and you might not be able to find as many great-value packages as men can. Truly women’s specific bikes such as Trek’s WSD series, Specialized’s D4W and Felt’s FW models have different frame geometries to the men’s equivalents. Women have shorter bodies and arms and longer legs, so on a men’s bike they’ll have no trouble reaching the pedals, but will be overstretched reaching bars and brakes. So women’s frame shave shorter top tubes and higher head tubes to improve reach.
However, before you automatically plump for a female-specific frame, go to your local bike shop and have a proper fit. Higher front ends on bikes change the way they handle and you may find it doesn’t suit you.

Women’s bikes also have shallower drops, short-reach shifters, narrower bars and shorter cranks. Saddles are wider to accommodate women’s pelvis shapes.

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Your Questions About Olympic Triathlons 2013

Carol asks…

What happens to the olympics park and village after the olympics is over?

Mike Rich answers:

The Olympic Village will be turned into housing.

On conclusion of the games, the site will create a new residential quarter to be known as East Village.[1] This will create 2,818 new homes, including 1,379 affordable homes and houses, for sale and rent.

Having sold the affordable homes to Triathlon Homes in 2009 for £268 million,[13][14] a competitive tender was issued in 2008 for ODA’s interests in the remaining 1,439 private homes, along with six adjacent future development plots with the potential for a further 2,000 new homes, and long-term management of East Village. The ODA received three bids:[15]

Joint-venture between James Ritblat’s Delancey and Qatari Diar
Hutchison Whampoa
Wellcome Trust, who bid to take over all the 2.5 square kilometres (0.97 sq mi) Olympic park
In August 2011, the ODA announced an agreement with Delancey/Qatari Diar, who paid £557 million for the East Village site,[2] representing an estimated £275 million loss to the ODA and hence the British taxpayer.[16] Culture Secretary Jeremy Hunt commented that the ODA never expected to recoup building costs: “It was an entirely empty site, it didn’t have any infrastructure, roads or parks. There was always going to be a public sector contribution to help put those in.”[14]

Temporary partions installed during the games will be removed to create a range of one to five bed homes, ranging from apartments to townhouses. The hotel style designed rooms will also be converted to include kitchens. The majority of the 1,439 private homes are to be let on a rental basis, instead of being sold, with the ownership remaining with Delancey/Qatari Diar. This will create the first UK private sector residential fund of over 1,000 homes to be owned and directly managed as an investment.[2]

In addition, the developers will create new parklands and additional transport links, and add:

Chobham Academy: a new education campus with 1,800 places for students aged 3–19. During the Olympics the school building will be used as the main base for organising and managing teams. Rebuilt after the games, it will open in September 2013 as Chobham Academy, home to an education campus comprising: a nursery; primary and secondary schools; an adult learning facility; a community arts complex.[17] Health centre: for residents of East Village and the surrounding areas

As for the stadium:

This will be the home ground for either Leyton Orient FC or West Ham FC. It will also be used to host the 2017 Atheletics World Championships.

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Triathlon For Beginners: Everything you need to know about training, nutrition, kit, motivation, racing, and much more

Are you thinking about getting into triathlon or doing your first race? Have you finished a couple of races and are keen to improve your time?

Do you find the whole sport daunting and confusing? Are you a little intimidated by everybody else who looks like they know what they are doing?

This easy to understand and insightful book is packed with practical ways you can improve and it will help you:

• Understand the sport of triathlon “what is triathlon and how does it work?”
• Develop a training plan together that simplifies your season
• Train effectively so you minimise the risk of getting injured
• Stop you making the mistakes which cost a lot of time and money
• Make you feel confident when you are on the start line
• Decide what race length is best for you from sprint to Ironman
• Buy the right triathlon kit to suit your ability and your aspirations

Triathlon For Beginners: Everything you need to know about training, nutrition, kit, motivation, racing, and much moreA personal note from the author:

“This book is gathered from years of training and racing but not only from my triathlon experience but from the experience of champions. I have trained with and raced with elite athletes and winners from all over the world but I started not knowing what I was doing and was scared to death when I did my first race. I wish I had this book when I started out. I would have saved myself a lot of heart ache and stress! I wrote this to help all triathlon rookies get over their nerves and enjoy this fantastic sport.”

“Triathlon for beginners” is the start to finish complete guide which covers all the areas of training and racing including:

• Where to start – types of races, what you need to know and where to begin
• Jargon buster – helping you understand the terms of the sport so you can understand what people are talking about when they say “T1” or “Brick”!
• Training rules and techniques
• Swimming technique and etiquette
• Running technique and how to prevent injury and run faster
• Cycling in a pack what to do and what not to do
• Transition – how to lay it out, what to bring and how to be effective
• Understanding nutrition and why it is key, how best to manage your nutrition and what is best to eat for triathlon training and racing
• Race day – what to look out for, how to prepare and what to expect

This guide takes you from start to finish so you can feel confident and comfortable when you train and race.

Here are some of the comments we have had from readers…

I loved this book!

I have completed a few triathlons- sprint and Olympic distance. This book really simplified what is important to focus on. There is so much to know and learn that sometimes you feel overwhelmed. It is an easy, entertaining read but packed with good knowledge that made a big difference to my racing.

Charlotte Campbell, World Games triathlon gold medallist

I wish this was around before!

I did a number of Triathlons over the last few years. When I first took it up I had to ask people’s advice which at best was disjointed and worst, confusing. I also read some very good stuff on the internet, however this was also disjointed and incomplete. This book would have been ideal, as it puts it all together clearly and concisely.

Liam Harrington; sprint triathlete