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Basic difference between a triathlon bike and road bike

Sep 25th 2015 at 9:08 PM

One of the most important skills for every triathlete is, to improve his/her performance of triathlon bike by increasing the ability smoothly and efficiently. This will help to perform safely and even save time. But most importantly any new individual to the triathlon has the query “What type of cycle should they buy for triathlon cycling…. a road bike or a triathlon bike”.

It’s a good question that needs attention. But, before let’s know the difference between a road bike and a triathlon.

The difference between the traditional road bike and the triathlon bike lies in the structure of the cycle frame, especially in the angle of the seat tube. The seat tube is generally long extended from the bottom bracket towards the seat upwardly. The tube angle with respect to a horizontal line is drawn at the bottom representing the angle of the seat tube. The angle of the seat tube for a triathlon bike is 76-78 degrees. On most of the traditional road bikes, the angle of the seat tube is more than the 72-degree steeper. The angle of steeper puts the biker forward producing an aerodynamic position of the body.

In order to make the triathlon sport more appealing to the crowd, the triathlon distance was reduced since a majority of triathlon participants could not handle the distance. For the cycling part, the race distance was shortened to 25 miles from 112 miles as a majority of triathlon participants could not handle the distance. The strategy and endurance no longer remained as a major component of the triathlon cycling. The new target of the tricyclist was to get from a starting point to end point as fast as possible.

Basically, in a “time-trial” competition, a bike rider has to perform an event in a road bike with the standard seat tube angle of 72-degree. This angle puts the rider in a specific position such that he or she can make proper utilization of the major group of muscles of the legs – the hamstrings and the quadriceps. When an athlete makes the fullest use of this muscles, he can cycle in a speed more than 30mph.

It may sound amazing but, for the triathlete, they have to switch from cycling to running. It is the moment when they have to remove the helmet putting the cycle aside and put running shoes to run a distance depending up to the triathlon program. The speed at which the leg muscles have to switch from cycling to running legs, the yielding of the overall performance in triathlon seems critical.

In order to avoid this problem, a solution was found in mid-to-late 80s.As per this basic theory used in riding, a bike is posed at a forward position more while riding, By doing so, not only you are putting less stress in quadriceps muscles, but you are in more aerodynamic position.

Now, which bike is better as per your needs?

A major demand depends upon the geography of place where you are supposed to train and race. For those in hilly or mountain region, a triathlon bike may not be a suitable choice. Meanwhile, for flatter places, the triathlon bike is the best choice.

If you reside in mountain area then you might need a bike that will help you to get greater physical output when facing ascents of uphill. As mentioned before, a typical road bike with 72-degree angle tube will be an ideal choice.

Firstly, choose the area where you will be racing and training and how you are going to use the bike. Secondly, make sure you choose a bike appropriate for you.Thus, before making a right choice, make sure that you do a proper research. Consider this couple of this, before making any decision.

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