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    Senior Member m4ximusprim3's Avatar
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    Advice on not embarrasing myself

    Hello triathletes!

    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!
    2010 CAAD 9-4/ 2010 Masi Speciale Fixed / 2009 KHS Solo-One

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    best bang for your buck will be clip-on aerobars and forward seatpost. The geometry does not just save your legs, it is also more aerodynamic, and if you train in that position you should produce almost as much power as the other setup, with a bigger aero benefit from the difference. Yes there is an advantage, yes you should get aerobars and to shift just put your hand to the shifters. I would not redo your cables, no it would not be that worth it. if it is a technical course with a lot of shifting you would probably be on the brakes anyways. otherwise, choose your gear, and ride it until you need to shift.

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    Go for it! I have done several of these with some work friends and we have had a fantastic time. We are not ultra-serious, but knowing that you are competing for a team will make you train for an honest effort. Some clip-ons will buy you a little time, but they are not a necessity. Do it and have fun!

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    Senior Member m4ximusprim3's Avatar
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    thanks guys. It looks like there are lots of threads on clip-ons, so I'll do my research and get a pair. cheers!
    2010 CAAD 9-4/ 2010 Masi Speciale Fixed / 2009 KHS Solo-One

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    I just added some nice carbon clip on aerobars and it makes a difference for sure, for me it allows me to relax my upperbody while focusing my energy to my legs as well as the wind drag is less in the tuck.
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    The aero position gave me an extra 2-3mph vs standard road bike. But that's not to say I don't get dropped by guys on road bikes who are much stronger. Learn to ride in the drops and push bigger gears and go harder since you won't be swimming or running, let it all out on the bike course and you should be pleased with your performance.

    If you're interested in group rides with some tri guys, there's a few of us that ride out of Pulse Endurance in Chula Vista, CA. We ride every Saturday at 7am. The difference form regular group rides is that once we get out to the open areas, it's everyone at their own pace until the set regroup point.

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