Advice on not embarrasing myself
I have a quick question for you guys. To start with, I'm not a triathlete (swimming is not my thing), and so have never really paid much attention to triathlon related bike stuff. I do commute to work and train (well, at least a close facsimile of it
), and have participated in some local races and what not with moderate success.
Some of the guys at my work have taken notice and want me to do the bike leg for their triathlon team, which will do at least 3 or 4 races starting next spring. It sounds like a lot of fun so I told them I would do it, but now I'm having visions of showing up at the starting line on my CAAD9 with normal road bars and having my teammates look at me like I'm totally screwing them over.
So, given that I'm not a triathlete, here are my questions:
1) Aside from the aero benefits, the other advantage of tri-specific bikes seems to be that the geometry is set up to save your legs for running afterwords. Since I'm not running, I should be able to use my CAAD9, right?
2) Should I invest in some clip on aero bars and learn to ride them? Are they a huge advantage vs road bars?
2a) with clip on aero bars, how do I shift/brake? Do I need to buy new levers and re-run my cables? Is this worth it?
Maybe I'm overthinking it, but I want to make sure I give my team the best shot without spending a bunch of money.
Thanks for reading!