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    Making a lower-end road bike servicable for a triathalon

    So I am looking at making my Specialized Allez useable for a triathalon (wrong geometry I know) but nonetheless it seems like a few basics might help, given my budget. Aerobars seem like the first step, perhaps lighter more aero wheels. Beyond that is it worth putting much more into making a road bike useable as a triathalon bike? Doesn't really seem like it.

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    Also, you may want to set aside some funds for a new stem as aerobars will change your position significantly. And to compensate for a slacker geometry, Profile makes a seatpost that will position your body further forward.

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    Quote Originally Posted by tekhna
    perhaps lighter more aero wheels. .

    More aero wheels, not necessarily lighter wheels.

    In terms of budget priorities 1) aero bars, , 2) forward seat post, 3) triathlon specific seat, (the padding in the nose definitely makes it a lot more comofrtable in the aero position), 4) aero wheels.

    The rider is by far the biggest source of drag, so your principal focus should be upon dialing in your position. The wheels will not make nearly as big of difference as your position.

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    Clip-on aerobars are not very useful on the hills (up or down) but sure help on the flats. If the course is very hilly; forget them and save the weight.

    What distance are you doing? Power generation is more important in shorter events and that might lean you towards somewhat more standard geometry.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Enthalpic
    Clip-on aerobars are not very useful on the hills (up or down) but sure help on the flats. If the course is very hilly; forget them and save the weight.

    What distance are you doing? Power generation is more important in shorter events and that might lean you towards somewhat more standard geometry.

    It is a 25k bike portion. There will be some very significant hills, but there will also be plenty of flat.

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    At 25K with hills I would just say save your money; practice getting aero with just your drops. You could always put your forearms right down on the uprights if you want to be a bit more aero. Just lowering your upper body by bending your arms more makes you aero but of course that gets uncomfortable in longer races, but your race is not too long.

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    I have profile design carbon strykes on my allez elite. I like them and think I pick up a bit of speed. I also like them for long rides when I am solo.
    I'd say that aero bars are a worthwhile upgrade.
    If you have $400 - $500 wheels would be nice too. WOn't be a night and day difference in speed but you'll like better ones. I think you can get Ksyrium Elites for about $450.

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    Well, I am thinking the Aerobars are a good addition for the reason jennings listed-I do a lot of solo riding in Indiana. Land of monster headwinds that whip across the open fields. There have been days that I have wished I had aerobars to cut the wind a bit. I am thinking of just going with clip on bars, not the whole base bar works. Any suggestions?
    The Syntace C2s seem like a nice way to go.

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    Your bike is useable as is. What are you trying to get out of it vs. what you want to put into it is where the question lies.

    I would add aerobars & nothing else. The forward seatposts don't fit some bikes, depending on how much post you have showing.

    My vote for aerobars are Vision Tech. Very nice..... You could do a whole new front end, base bar, shifters,brakes, etc, but for 25 K A standard road bike will be just fine.

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    Also - The real advantage to changing the bike geometry is in how your legs feel when its time to run.

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    It all depends on the geometry of your bike and finding a comfortable position there. I have a Trek 5200 with a fairly short top tube so I just add clip on aerobars (Syntace C2) and scoot up a bit on the saddle ("on the rivet").

    On a course that's 25K and hilly, you may not even get much benefit from aerobars. Hope this is helpful.
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