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Can I get by with one bike for both road race and triathons?(5 posts)

Can I get by with one bike for both road race and triathons?yzfrr11
Mar 24, 2002 4:23 PM
I race in about 3 triathons per year. I would like to modify my road bike with a forward seatpost and arrow bars rather than invest in a whole new tri-bike for just 3 races per year. And, after the triathlon, I can convert my bike back to normal and put the bars and seatpost back on the shelf until several weeks before the next triathon so I can get used to the position again. Or will a dedicated tri-bike give me a noticable advantage?
re: Can I get by with one bike for both road race and triathons?merckx56
Mar 24, 2002 5:17 PM
yes, you can modify your existing road bike to make it into a tri bike. get a forward post and a new saddle (preferably the same as the one you currently ride), and some clamp-on aerobars. mark your seat height on the standard road postion and just switch the saddle/post combos. dial in your aero position (mark where the aerobars go) and you're ready to do a tri. make sure that your position is a maintainable one, and not just the most aero you can be! once you're done, take off the aerobars and switch the posts back and your ready for the road again.
for a handful of tris, a full on tri-bike won't give you that much advantage and will lighten your wallet by a considerable margin. spend the money on the parts and a fast set of wheels.
re: Can I get by with one bike for both road race and triathons?SteveO
Mar 25, 2002 5:07 AM
When you purchase a forward seat-post, purchase a second saddle as well... use tape to mark each post at their proper height. doing this makes for quick transitions from one setup to another....quick twist of the hex key and your road-bike is no a triathlon bike, no monkeying with seat fore/aft, etc.

This is exactly what i do (mainly because i cant afford a two bikes)... i typically ride in 'road' configuration for most of the week, (ALWAYs when on group rides). Once a week i switch posts to keep the tt config muscles tuned.
you've got the right planRayBan
Mar 25, 2002 6:06 AM
setting your road bike up with a forward seatpost and aerobars will work fine. Don't forget to spend time on the bike when it is setup that way so you get used to the different position.
Mar 28, 2002 6:40 AM