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mini velo ..as a triathlon bike???

Old 11-18-12, 02:28 PM
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mini velo ..as a triathlon bike???

I was looking into getting that extra goof bike and like the look & idea of a mini velo.....wondering who has one and if anyone has used it as a triathlon bike? I figured it would be fun to set up as a TT bike as a mega goof.....I do a local race here in NJ and since most are mom's & dad's who just race for the heck of it....it would make for a fun day.

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Not a mini velo, but...
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thats the idea make it into a speedy race like bike just for shats and giggles.....the go for like $300 slap on aero bars.....
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I've used folders with 20" wheels, though not for tri's.

• The smaller wheels have better aerodynamics, but are also harsher. So unless it's a totally smooth course, you will need to use wider tires and/or lower pressures and/or suspension to even things out. I.e. in terms of performance, a 20" wheel is a wash.

• The smaller wheels have much more responsive handling than 700c. Handling with aero bars can be a tall order.

• Mini-velos are usually only made in limited sizes, so fit can be an issue.

Keep in mind triathletes were all agog for 650 tires over the aero advantages a few years back, and now they're basically gone from the scene. I don't see any particular reason to use a mini-velo in any sort of race, other than novelty.

Then again, I don't know of any "races" that are full of moms and dads. I assume you mean something non-competitive, in which case the "wow is that a folder?" and "isn't it harder to pedal" comments will get old quick.
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Originally Posted by Bacciagalupe
Keep in mind triathletes were all agog for 650 tires over the aero advantages a few years back, and now they're basically gone from the scene. I don't see any particular reason to use a mini-velo in any sort of race, other than novelty.
Integrated headsets had a bit to do with that as well.
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Why would you want a minivelo specifically for triathlon?
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Originally Posted by hhnngg1
Why would you want a minivelo specifically for triathlon?
It would take up less space in transition.
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Actually it would be a minimal savings of space since the main issue with space is the lateral space, not the length.
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