As athletes and beginner triathletes look to sign up for new events, some people show interest in purchasing a triathlon bike. For a regular cyclist who has never ridden — or may not have seen triathlon bikes up close — it can be a relatively frightening experience.
(I remember my first ride on a bike built specifically for time trials – and it was a very unique experience, even after years of cycling and mountain biking.)
To hopefully make it easier, here is a short blog posted on Competitor Triathlon that discusses triathlon bike geometry, positioning, and the basic differences between road bikes and triathlon bikes.
Short blurb about some tri-specific geometry:
“Triathlon bikes have a steeper effective seat tube angle than road bikes. This moves the rider further forward relative to the cranks and allows the rider to get low in the front without discomfort in the hips. Tweak the geometry in a few more places to accommodate a lower position and improve stability, slap an aerobar under the rider’s elbow and you have a tri bike.”