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Old 07-13-09, 07:56 AM   #1
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I am completely new to cycling and triathlons... I have been a runner, US lacrosse player, motorcycle roadracer, but never attempted to take on something as intense as a triathlon. I feel that triathlons are the ultimate test of athleticism, physical, and mental endurance.

I recently purchased a brand new Specialized Allez Elite (not sure if its '09 or the '10 model, i think its the '10) and started riding every other day. I can ride 17 miles in roughly an hour. And can run 5 miles in roughly 35 minutes. My swimming however is horrible and is my main area of focus in terms of improvement.

But me question is, the components on the Allez are all pretty good as far as i understand (Shimano 105). But the wheels and crank i guess could use some improvement (preferably a little lighter weight). Anybody have any suggestions on how to help get my bike a little better set up for a triathlon?

Any suggestions on aerobars as well?
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Old 07-13-09, 08:41 AM   #2
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Get a pair of clip-on aero bars and call it good. 105 is pretty nice and I would say it is pretty close to the sweet spot of price vs quality.

There are two schools of thought regarding bike training. Some triathletes just ride their TT bike alone and don't own a road bike. Others have a road bike and a TT bike and spend most of their training time on their road bike (group rides, etc) and get on their TT bikes once a week.

Until you know which camp you fall into, keep the bike in more of a traditional road setup with clip-ons.
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Welcome! Triathlon is more addictive than crack (and way more expensive)

You will find that there are lots and lots of things that you can do to your bike. At this point, I probably wouldn't worry too much about your crank and training wheels unless your race is within the next few weeks (what crank & wheels are currently in the bike)?

Aerobars are a maybe depending on how your bike fits you. The clip-on approach is probably correct but you still may find yourself too stretched out with them so they might call for a shorter stem or forward seat post (see what I mean).

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crank should be fine. if you REALLY want to replace it nashbar sometimes has a deal on Ultegra 6500 cranks (about $80). As far as wheels go you will need to drop a good amount of money to really upgrade them. They are fine. And as for clip ons, Profile design makes some good ones. I like the T2+. they are aluminum s bends.
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Got the bike back from a tune up from the LBS and put on some aerobars... wow what a difference! And oddly enough its more comfortable leaned over in the "mantis" like position... hmmm...

I was looking at maybe trying to find a set of Easton EA90 TT or aero wheels... Think they are worth it?
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... a set of Easton EA90 TT or aero wheels... Think they are worth it?
Only you can make that decision. A good pair of aero wheels will save some time on a 40K time trial. I'll throw out a guess and say that it is in the ballpark of 2-3 minutes per hour. (anybody have a better guess?) How much are those minutes worth to you? If you have a lot of disposable income... go for it!

Some people have really nice bikes and some have less tricked out bikes. For the most part, it is not about how nice the bike is... it is about how strong the motor is and how good your position is on that bike.
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Well I read on some aero data (i can try to find it later if you want) that putting on a $200 aero helmet gives four times the aero advantage as adding a pair of $2000 zipp wheels... let alone the eastons.

Buy a helmet and save your money wait until you have already bought a wetsuit, a Tri bike, racing flats, a trisuit, etc.

Also, TT wheels are not as good for climbing, which in tri's usually is not a problem, but since you are still new, you might want to do a few bike races too.
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