Tri bars on entry lvl road bike
Hey guys I'm all registered for my first triathlon next month and have been training pretty hard. I'm a strong cyclist, good runner, and poor swimmer. I swam the distance today and I didn't die. But it certainly wasn't impressive. Anyways a pair of vision tt aero bars were purchased for me from eBay and I was wondering what I needed to know? I'm a mountain biker with an entry level trek road bike. The road bike is a triple crank! Will I be able to set up and use these bars? How difficult are they to install also? Any help is appreciated. Also any tips for swimming wi go a very long way! Half of my energy goes towards not sinking haha
The bars do come with stem and levers as well. I'll post a link
I'm close to the same boat. I bought my bike and aero bars last Aug. Not all clip on aero bars will fit all bikes so I can't say for sure if they're going to fit. Most aero bars have a couple of clamps that are tightened by allen keys. Make sure they're good and tight or they can slip while you're riding. Move them around until you feel that they are in a comfortable spot for you. It taking me a long time to feel comfortable with them. I can go 40 minutes in aero position now but it's not painless.
If you want to get more specific info on fit of the aero bars, go to beginnertriathlete.com and ask in their forums. There are a lot of knowledgeable people there.
Swimming is the hardest thing to learn. I swam over the winter and through the spring 2 - 3 times a week and I'm just starting to feel like I've got some kind of good technique. There's a lot of technique to swimming so it's a good idea to surf youtube, buy a dvd, take classes, and just swim a lot working on technique each time you swim.
As mentioned above, beginnertriathlete.com is a great place to go to.
You are one up on me, my biking is good but can't run at all and I have to work real hard not to sink. My kicking is getting a little better in that at least I don't go backwards now.