Transition: From a road bike to a TT Bike

Transition: From a road bike to a TT Bike

With the goal of Ironman Wisconsin on the horizon, one of the things Coach Jen and I talked about was moving up from racing on my road bike to racing on a triathlon specific bike.

My road bike was great for last years 70.3 and Olympic distance races, but Jen said if I’m going to do an Ironman I needed a tri bike. You may be asking what the difference is between to the two. 

Road Bike: Felt AR5

 A road bike has a style that most beginner triathletes are familiar with. The design is meant to be riden in an upright position with your hands on the handle bars. They’re perfectly good for riding in a triathlon, you can add clip on aerobars to ride in an aero position. 

Triathlon Bike: Felt B16

 A triathlon bike like the Felt B16 pictured above is designed around riding in the aero position. Studies also show that you may run faster off the a tri bike (versus a road bike), by putting your weight forward it relieves pressure on your hamstrings.

Shifting is another major difference between the two bike styles. While the road bike is build with the shifters built in the handle bars. So even if you’re using clip on aerobars, you’d need to come out of aero position to shift gears.

Vision Metron Shifters: Felt DA4

With the Tri bike, your shifters are at the ends of the aerobars. This configuration allows you to shift with very little movement, keeping you in aero. The cables are also hidden in the frame to make the bike a little more aerodynamic. 

Triathlon Bike: Felt DA4

 Those are just a few of the things I’ve learned in the past couple of weeks while I’ve been getting ready to start riding a tri bike. 

With the help of Felt Bicycles, I’m going to start playing with 2 TT bikes this season. The B16 is an entry level tri bike and the DA4 which is a new model based off the DA1, Felt’s top of the line TT bike. In addition to information about getting started training with a tri bike, I’ll be bringing you training tips from the pro’s. Look for a “Transition” article each Tuesday!

Endurance athlete’s guide to Black Friday

Endurance athlete’s guide to Black Friday

Here is a short list of Black Friday deals that you runners and triathlete’s might be interested in.

Speedo – 15% off your entire order (Thanksgiving Day Only) – Use code – Thanks2011

Brooks Running – 50% Off Brooks Glycerin 8 – Use code BrooksBuzz

Rudy Project North America – Over $300 in Free Gear (with purchase of a gear package) – Use code 25OffCombo – 50% off nearly EVERYTHING! – Use code Holiday10 (Some exclusions apply. *Sale runs from 12:01 am on Thursday 11/24 and ends on 12:59pm on Tuesday 11/29. In Stock Items only, no exceptions, please. Coupon includes on-sale merchandise, but DOES exclude Bikes, Framesets, Build Kits, as well as all 2XU Compression, Garmin, Oakley, PowerTap, Quarq, SRAM and Zipp Products. Cannot be combined with any other offers, such as ShipitFree, and valid only for the time period specified.)

Zym Drink Tabs – Buy 3 tubes of any formula and get 3 Free (Same Formula only) – Use Code TDAYONLY (Type the code in the comments section at checkout NOT the promo code area)

Trek Store of Highland Park – From 9am-Noon on Friday Take 20% off all regular priced and sale merchandise. Take an additional 10% off ALL SALE Bikes.

Triathlon Lab – Take 25% off all online orders – Use code TURKEY25 (excludes bikes, wheels, starter kits and clearance items)

GNC – 25% off Sitewide PLUS free shipping – Use code ThankU25


If you know of more, please share them in the comments!