Top bike gear for triathletes

Best Clip On Aero Bars for Triathlon

best clip on aero barsA great modification to your standard road bike is to install a set of clip on aero bars. These bars will allow you to get into the aero position while on the ride section of the race.

There are many benefits to this riding position – number one is being more aerodynamic.

When you ride normally you sit upright and act sort of like an air brake.

Getting aero pulls you down below the wind and significantly reduces you resistance mass allowing you to cut through the wind.  In this post, we are going to review the best clip on aero bars and provide details on some of the features of each set.

Best Clip On Aero Bars of 2017

You can spend anything from a few dollars up over hundreds of dollars for professional clip-on aero bars. They basically do the same thing but when you spend more money you start to get a lot of additional features.

Primarily the bars will be carbon fibre – massive weight reduction compared to the cheap aero bars.

A lot will also depend on your budget and how serious you are about racing. Because of the variety, we have put together this selection to get you started in your decision process. We may not cover all of the best clip on aero bars but hope you can find something here that suits you. These are the most popular on the market at the moment.

We may not cover all of the best clip on aero bars but hope you can find something here that suits you. These are the most popular on the market at the moment.


BEST CLIP ON AERO BARS – WHAT TO LOOK FOR

This question always comes up and has many answers.

How much do you want to spend?

What are the aero bars for? – A practice bike for training in the park or for your primary tri bike.

The beauty of clip on aero bars is you can swap them out fairly easily. A couple of hex head bolts are usually all that holds them on to the normal handlebars of your bike.

What are they made of? The cheaper sets tend to be made of some sort of alloy and as you go up in price you start to see carbon fibre introduced into the range.

Carbon fibre is much lighter so if you have the budget then go for these instead.

As stated earlier the beauty of clip on aero bars is you can take them off the bike without much effort if they do not suit your riding style or you prefer the standard set-up. You will find though over time that you will adapt to the aero position while racing and you bike times will reflect this.

Best Budget Clip-On Aero Bars

CARBON CLIP ON AERO BARS

If you are serious about triathlon and want to compete at a higher level then you will need something much lighter and sleeker than the intro sets above.

Carbon clip on aero triathlon bars will definitely be on your shopping list for their massive weight reduction.

Using these carbon aero bars does change a few things though. You will have to spend a few more dollars to get a set of tri bars you can work with, to keep the weight down and to get down and in the full aero position.

Comfort plays a bit part in this too. Getting set up with a good comfortable set of tri bars is critical on longer rides. We suggest you try out a few different sets first if you can to make sure they suit. Watch out as well if you buy a second-hand pair.

Sometimes the previous user will cut down the stems a bit and they may be too short for you.

CLIP ON AERO BARS – WHATS NEXT

I have seen quite a few people start out with clip on aero bars on normal handlebars and then step up a level by purchasing a new Carbon Base Bar. Go to any Triathlon event and they are everywhere.

This gives you the ability to reuse your existing clip on aero bars but builds up a full aero set of handlebars without the expense of a pro set. However, as you progress in the sport you will most likely get yourself a full TT bike with integrated Aero Bars.

AERO BAR ACCESSORIES

Addition items you may need when you install clip on aero bars is some new bar end shifters. These gear shifters are designed to sit at the end of each aero bar – making it easy to change gear while you are in the aero position. We have more information on those throughout the site

CLIP ON AERO BAR BENEFITS

There are many benefits to using aero bars on a bike during a race but the primary one comes down to aerodynamics.

When you are down in the aero position you remove quite a bit of body mass out of the wind. Because we are not the most aerodynamic of creatures getting down low you are giving yourself a huge advantage over the opposition who will sit upright and act as an air brake into the wind.

The price of entry for a basic set of clip on aero bars is very low. You can get something from as little as a few dollars. A couple of things to check out first though is the diameter of your handlebars. Make sure the bars will fit.

Also as stated at the start of this post you can always remove the bars if you are not comfortable or happy with the riding style.


The final thing we want to discuss today is how you can quickly modify your road bike and turn it into a triathlon style bike with two quick changes.

First, you will need an angled seat post. This pushes the rider forward in the frame.

Couple this with a nice set of clip on aero bars for a road bike and you are set.

The video below shows you how to do this and the benefits of getting aero in the ride.


We hope you found this post informative and as always let us know with a comment if there is anything else you would like to know or any other products you are currently using that you think we should add to the list.

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Best Cycling Gloves 2017 (Review)

cycling gloves review 2017I was never a big fan of wearing gloves when out on the bike but when the weather changes and the road gets a bit rougher I am glad of them.

I have always loved the responsive feel on the handlebars from my bare hands as I speed down the asphalt. It feels more natural and the steering pinpoint accurate.

However, as time has gone by and I have had a few too many tumbles I always reach for my gloves before I head out for a spin.

Cycling gloves can be worn all year round but are especially helpful when the weather gets that little bit colder and your hands could do with the extra layer to keep them working as they should. Frozen hands loose power and with that you loose control and end up on your rump in the middle of the road…

On warmer days if you do want to wear gloves make sure to get a pair that is breathable so you don’t end up with roasting hot sweaty hands as that is no fun for anybody.

Plus, like my shorts I like a bit of padding where it counts for longer journeys…


Top 10 Cycling Gloves Review


Best Padded Cycling Gloves – Castelli Free Cycling Glove

First up we want to take a look at the Castelli Free gloves. These extra padded gloves are pure class if you are heading off on long rides and need that extra bit of grip…

I have been a fan of Castelli for years and have owned, tested and punished many of their products when out racing.
Quality has always been one of their selling points and these gloves are no exception.

Overall these are a great set of gloves. If your budget allows then you should invest in a pair today. They feel great on, have plenty of grip and because the gel pads are not the usual leather type they do not destroy your bar tape.

A nice feature of these gloves is the mesh material on the back of the hand which lets them breath well.

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Giro Bravo Gloves, Black, Large
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Best Overall Cycling Gloves – Sugoi Formula Foxe Gloves

If you like to have a near perfect natural feel on your handlebars but still want the added grip that gloves give you then the Sugoi Formula gloves are perfect for you. Made from very thin but super strong leather they are as close to a natural grip that you can get.

The leather palm has two small gel pads near the base of the palm to give you a little extra comfort without taking from the natural feel on the handlebars. The gloves are made from both leather and a breathable mesh synthetic weave that lets you hands breath in the heat but stay warm on colder days.

Overall these are one of the best cycling gloves out there and should definitely be on your short list.

Sugoi Formula FX Gloves, Black, X-Large
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Sugoi Formula FX Gloves, Black, X-Large
  • Premium natural palm and Velcro closure
  • V-Notched for increased mobility
  • Strategically placed Gel Dampening System for a race day interface
  • Excellent breathability with micro ventilation
  • Center channel for numbness control

Next Best Gloves – Giro Bravo Cycling Gloves

Next on our list it the excellent Giro Bravo Gloves. These gloves are pure class and a great reflection on the quality of Giro products.

Built from synthetic leather with great gel pads throughout these breathable cycling gloves are strong and offer excellent grip on even the longest of rides.Overall a nice comfortable set of cycling gloves from Giro. Again up in the price range a bit but worth the spend if you are looking for quality. A few of the guys love these and even throw them in the washer to keep them in tip top condition for race day.

Giro Bravo Glove - Men's Gel Black/Highlight Yellow Large
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  • Super Fit design with three-panel palm for a tailored fit
  • Clarino synthetic leather for enhanced durability
  • Moisture-wicking, 4-way stretch, breathable mesh
  • Optimized padding in the palm enhances comfort
  • Highly absorbent microfiber wiping surface

Notable Mention – Louis Garneau Nimbus Gloves

I have always been a fan of Louis Garneau and the Nimbus Gloves are one of my favourite pairs of cycling gloves.

Packed with all the features you would expect these gloves are ultra comfortable, a great fit and have plenty of padding for that long journey.

A great pair of gloves for the money. Backed by a 1-year guarantee if you have any issues but being Louis Garneau you should be fine. A few people have commented on the velcro strap de-laminating but glued it back together and still going…

Louis Garneau Nimbus Evo Glove Black, XL - Men's
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  • Closure: hook-and-loop
  • Recommended Use: road, mountain biking
  • Manufacturer Warranty: 1 year

BEST WINTER CYCLING GLOVES

As the weather turns colder and the seasons shift towards winter your hands will get very cold when you are out on the bike. Insulation is critical for your hands but they also need to be able to breathe to stop them getting all sweaty.

A good pair of winter cycling gloves is essential for your comfort when on the road.

PEARL IZUMI ELITE SOFTSHELL GLOVES

When the weather gets colder you need a good quality pair of winter cycling gloves to keep your hands warm and functioning properly. That’s where the Elite Softshell Gloves from Pearl Izumi come into their own.

Plenty of Gel padding for longer rides and they even have a conductive thumb and index finger tips so you can use your smartphone. (not while riding though…)

Overall a solid pair of comfortable and durable gloves from Pearl Izumi. Pricing is fair and the quality is top notch.

Remember not to use your smartphone while on the go…

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Softshell Glove, Black, Large
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Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Softshell Glove, Black, Large
  • Synthetic leather palm is soft and durable. Hook and Loop closure. 1:1 Glove fit maximizes finger dexterity for shifting and braking
  • Elite Softshell provides wind and water protection; 100 g Primaloft One insulation provides optimal warmth without bulk
  • Conductive synthetic leather on index finger and thumb works with touch screen devices; Fleece lined interior
  • 1:1 Gel Padding creates bridges over Ulnar and Median nerves for superior riding comfort
  • Soft fleece wiping surface on thumb; Reflective elements for low-light visibility

Next Best Winter Gloves – GORE POWER WINDSTOPPER SOFT SHELL GLOVES

When it comes to warm weather clothing no list would be complete without including Gore. The Gore Power Windstopper soft shell gloves are designed to keep you warm and comfortable on every cycling journey.

You might be our for a leisurely training session or a flat out race but rest assured your hands will stay warm and comfortable throughout.

Great for keeping your hands in tip top condition when out on a long ride. Windproof but breathable your hands will thank you for choosing Gore the next time you head out in the cold.

Gore Bike Wear Men's Power Soft Shell Windstopper Gloves, Black, Medium
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  • High quality, wind proof gloves for ambitious racebikers. For better warmth, grip and finger sensation.
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  • Absorbent material on thumb for wiping away perspiration
  • Silicone print on forehand
  • Elastic wrist

FINAL THOUGHTS ON THE BEST CYCLING GLOVES

These products are what we consider the best cycling gloves on the market today and have been chosen based on user reviews and honest feedback. We hope you find the right pair to suit you for your next cycling trip.

If you have a brand of cycling gloves that you use on a daily basis and feel they should be on the list then drop us a comment below and we will take a look.

If suitable it might even get a test run and make it on to the list next time around.

Thanks for stopping by and happy cycling.

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Best Women’s Bike Shorts for 2017

Wearing the correct bike shorts for cycling is critical as they are designed to provide compression and comfort on every ride.  

A key factor of a decent pair of bike shorts is the padding or chamois.  

This ingenious device provides comfort in the saddle for both short and long journeys and once you have tried a reputable pair of bike shorts you will never look back.

The women’s bike shorts picked for this review are the most popular brands out there at the moment. They should give you a view of what is on offer for female cyclists and also a breakdown of some of the features you would expect in a quality pair of women’s cycling shorts.

Our choice for the best Women’s bike shorts for 2017


Best shorts | Our number one choice

The Pearl Izumi attack women’s bike shorts are by far our favourite shorts. They are superbly designed and ultra comfortable in every way. 

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They will become your go to shorts for any distance ride. Just the right amount of compression in the material and the padding in the chamois is excellent.

Easy to wash and the quality material will last a long time.

Here is a quick video from Pearl Izumi on the main features of the shorts. Go try them out – you will thanks us later.


When you get into the sport of cycling and maybe even triathlon then you should consider investing in a more expensive pair of shorts.  You will have to pay a bit more but the quality and comfort of a really good pair of women’s bike shorts are well worth the additional cost.  

Remember you want them to last, plus you might transition into long distance cycling or perhaps even an IronMan race so don’t skimp if you don’t have to.  

When you start to look at the higher end of bike shorts for women you can pay anything up to three hundred dollars for a pair.  We love these Pearl Izumi women’s shorts as they offer good value for the quality you get from this quality brand.

Best Women’s Bike Shorts – What features do you need?

Style

There are a few different styles of bike shorts available and the choice you make is really up to you.

  • You can get longer shorts that cover more of your let and provide extra control over muscle compression.
  • Shorter shorts that give you maximum free movement.
  • Women’s bib shorts that have shoulder straps to keep everything securely in place on longer rides.

Your colour choice is unlimited but we recommend that you go for a pair with reflective panels or seams if you are cycling around at dusk or early morning to make sure other people and traffic can see you on the roads or trails.

Women’s Chamois

As mentioned above the chamois or padding of the shorts are the most important feature to look for. With women’s cycling shorts the chamois is thicker in the middle compared to men’s ones to provide additional support for your sitting bones (ischium bones). This padding really makes the difference on even shorter rides and you would be mad to go for a pair without padding.

This padding really makes the difference on even shorter rides and you would be mad to go for a pair without padding.

Most women’s shorts have a chamois that is sewn into the material and this helps keep everything from slipping about. You wear these shorts without underwear and because of the design you are maximising comfort without having to worry about abrasion of any kind from a loose fitting material.

Free movement but controlled

You also want to invest in a quality pair of shorts that allow plenty of free movement. Some of the cheaper pairs out there are quite restrictive and will become uncomfortable very quickly.

Another issue we find with cheaper brands is the gel anti-slip band around the leg cuff of the shorts tends to be of poor quality and the shorts ride up your leg or nearly pull the skin off your leg!

The band prevents all sorts of issues when you are cycling. If your shorts ride up your let you are going to end up with bundled material that will cause chafing. The chamois will also move around and this can cause all sorts of problems – especially on a longer ride.

If you are prone to chafing then you should invest in some anti-chafe cream to keep you comfortable. This inexpensive cream can be a life saver…

What are they made of?

All good bike shorts are made of a spandex material. They should be worn as a snug fit but no too tight. You need them to fit comfortably but to stay in place. With spandex, they should hug your skin.

You might see some designs made up of several different types of material. This design allows for breathable side panels in the shorts to keep you cool on long rides and warmer days.

You are looking for a compression feel to your shorts that help with muscle movement but do not restrict blood flow in any way.

Keeping them clean

Hygiene is hugely important with women’s bike shorts. Because you wear them without underwear you need to make sure and give them a good machine wash after every use.

If you don’t look after your shorts you can get a build up of nasty bacteria in the material and chamois and this can lead to saddle sores or infections over time. Also, make sure to let them air dry to preserve the elastic in the seams.


 

If you have a favourite pair of shorts you wear out on the bike that you can’t live without then let us know and we may add them to the list.  We can’t obviously cover off every brand or style here so just picked the ones we feel are top quality for the money.

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Continental Bike Tires

When out on the bike you need bicycle tires and tubes you can trust.  The quality, speed and overall brilliance you get from continental bike tires is very hard to match.

Whether you are looking for an ultra slick race triathlon tire or something a bit more rugged you don’t have to go any further than continental bicycle tires.  Prices vary for these bike tires and range from 20 dollars upwards.  It just depends on what you want the tires for really.

But one things for certain.  If you need a tire you can rely on then continental are top of the list.


Continental Bike Tires – Which one’s for you

You bike tires are the last point of contact between you and the road so you need something you can trust.  There is nothing worse than going around a corner on you way to a personal best – in the rain – and you get that awful feeling as the bike starts to slip out from under you.


Continental Grand Prix Attack/Force Combo Pack 5.0 Stars

Continental have changed the game again with the introduction of the Attack/Force combo pack.  Sold as a set, the front tire – the Attack has a softer stickier tire compound.  This in itself will give you more confidence cornering at higher speeds due to the increased grip.  Made up of a 4-ply casing and having a 22mm cross section the Attack is lighter on the road and will give you lower wind resistance.

continental bike tiresThe rear tire – the Grand Prix Force Tire is designed for extended life with a thicker harder compound.  This tire features a 24mm casing with a 5-ply makeup for an improved ride quality and greater puncture resistance.  It also sports the Black Chili Compound which reduces rolling resistance and give you confident grip on the road.  These are the best tires for triathlon or any competitive racing

If you are serious about triathlon racing then you should be running a set of these.


Continental Gatorskin Road Tire 4.5 Stars

continental ultra gatorskinThe Continental GatorSkin DuraSkin Folding Tire is the ideal tire if you are into high mileage training, commuting or just weekend touring.  Some of the features of this tire that you expect from a quality manufacturer like Continental are the super gripping shoulders and its durable black carbon tread compound.  This tire rolls great but will look after you in the corners regardless of conditions.  The tread design stops the tire picking up all the rubbish and debris you come across while out on the road and its puncture resistant PolyX breaker and DuraSkin sidewalls will make sure that you go the distance when the rubber hits the road

Designed for long distance training, touring or just general commuting


Continental Grand Prix 4 Season Road Tire 5.0 Stars

continental grand prix 4 seasonThe Continental Grand Prix 4 Season Road Tire has been around for quite a while now but has still to be matched in terms of quality, reliability and value for money.  This sticky rubber compound really holds well on the road and these things are bullet proof when it comes to riding on bad surfaces, due to the layer of vectran in the tire makeup.  These would have to be the best road bike tires on the market and are a firm favorite with cyclists the world over.

They come with the puncture resistant Duraskin which helps prevent punctures due to side wall damage and if you do a lot of training then this is definitely the tire for you.  They are also foldable so you can always carry a spare, just in case.

The tires really are hard wearing and you can forget about punctures…


Continental Bike Tires – What else do I need.

One thing that is often overlooked when shopping for new tires is a decent inner tube.  Again this is where Continental shine.  They have a range of superior tubes that are right at home on any road, racing or TT bike.  The Continental Light 700 ticks all the boxes in terms of quality.


Fitting new Continental bike tires is very straight forward and below you will find two very handy videos showing you the exact method.  Just make sure you don’t pinch the inner tube when you are putting it in and press the tire firmly right above the valve when you are inflating it otherwise the tire may fall off the rim.

Mounting Continental Beaded Edge or Folding Tires

The first video in the series shows you how to mount a beaded edge or folding continental bike tire.  A simple enough process if you have the right technique

Removing Continental Beaded Edge or Folding Tires

The second video in the series shows you how to remove a beaded edge continental bicycle tire.  No harm in practicing this a few times so you are comfortable with the process.  Will make all the difference on race day if you are unfortunate to get a puncture – but then again you are running on Continental so the chance of that happening are slim.


If you have a favorite in the range of continental bike tires on the bike that you can’t live without, then let us know and we may add it to the list.  We can’t obviously cover off every  style here so just picked the ones we feel are top quality for the money.

You can view the full range of Continental tires and tubes here on Amazon.  Why Amazon – best prices we can find online today.

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Best Bar End Shifters

bar end shiftersThe key to any successful bike setup is being able to get into the gear you need as soon as you need it.  That’s why we recommend a solid set of bar end shifters.  If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

That’s why we recommend a solid set of bar end shifters.  If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

If you are serious about triathlon racing you will have a bike with a set of aero bars fitted and for these, you will need a specialised set of gear shifters.

The majority of bikes you see on race day – unless you are on the pro circuit will be standard bar end shifters.  You can pay anything from one hundred dollars up for these and there are many makes to choose from.

You can pay anything from one hundred dollars up for these and there are many makes to choose from.

What are the best bar end shifters for triathlon

We have put a list together that shows a prices guide and a star rating based on real user reviews.  Unless you go for the electronic version which you can see in the image above you will be choosing for one of these.

Our best Triathlon Bar End Shifters for 2017 season

Fitting Bar End Shifters

Fitting these beauties to your aero bars is pretty straight forward.  A lot will depend on the style of your

A lot will depend on the style of your aero bars.  Does the cable fit through the tubular extension bars or is it held in position with tape?

There is a hex head screw in each of the shifters and as you tighten it the clasping mechanism grips the inside of each tube.  This holds the shifter in place.  Just make sure you have the cable in place before you tighten up anything or else you will have to start again and dismantle the shifter mechanism.

Here is a quick review video of the Shimano Dura-ace bar end shifters.


The next thing you need to look at is caring for the shifters.

A small drop of oil every now and again will do the trick to keep things moving freely.

You should also take them apart once or twice in a season to make sure there is no noticeable wear and tear, but also to remove any grit or dirt that may have gotten inside.  Over time this will get jammed into the shifter and may cause a lock up.  Not what you want in the middle of a race.


Thanks for stopping by our site. We have a lot more information here on the best triathlon gear with some awesome reviews and seriously good deals.

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Best Triathlon Aero Bars

best triathlon aerobarsThere are a multitude of options available when looking for the best triathlon aero bars for your ride.

Whether you are looking for the most comfortable aero position or get way down into the aero ride, you will have plenty of choice with this selection of the best triathlon aero bars.

You can also spend anything from fifty dollars upwards past eight hundred dollars for a set of tri bars.  It really comes down to what you are comfortable with and how far you can stretch your budget.

Ask yourself this – do you need a set of aerobars for a triathlon…

Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or for a high speed sprint triathlon.

If you are just out cruising around the park then perhaps not, but if you are getting into triathlon as a sport then we suggest you go for it and even get yourself a set of cheap triathlon aerobars.

You may then progress on to a set of carbon adjustable aero bars as you get into the sport more.

Because of the variety we have put together this list to get you started in your decision process.  We may not cover all of the best triathlon aero bars but hope you can find something here that suits you.  These are the most popular on the market at the moment.


Our best Triathlon TT Bars for 2017 season

Profile Design T3+ Carbon Aero Bar

Profile Design - Sports

$199.99
$92.02
Profile Design T2+ Carbon Aero Bar

Profile Design - Sports

$229.99 $137.97
Profile Design T2+ DL Aero Bar

Profile Design - Sports

$89.99
Profile Design Legacy Aero Bar, Anodized Matte Black, One Size

Profile Design Cycling Accessories - Sports

$108.17
Profile Design T2+ Carbon Aero Bar, White

Profile Design - Sports

$159.99
$60.00
Profile Design T4+ Carbon Aero Bar

Profile Design - Sports

$229.99 $169.99
Zipp Vuka Integrated Aerobar 31.8mm Clamp, 22.2mm Extension Fit, 40cm C-C

Zipp - Sports - Italian, German, French, English, Spanish

$648.99

What to look for

A great question, and the answer is – it depends.

Are you just looking for something for you cruiser that you take on leisurely rides around the countryside then you probably won’t want to invest too much to start off with.

Your first triathlon aero bars can be very basic and most likely made of aluminium. You can pick up a fairly decent set of intro aero bars for about fifty dollars.

The beauty of these is because they are clip on aero bars you can just take them off if you are not happy with the riding style.

Best Triathlon Aero Bars – National Sprint Champion Winner…

If you are in the market for a new set of aero bars and want to compete at a higher level then you will need something much lighter and sleeker than the intro set above.

You will need to at a minimum consider carbon triathlon aero bars for their massive weight reduction.

Using these aero bars does change a few things though. You will have to spend a few more dollars to get a set of tri bars you can work with, to keep the weight down and to get down and in the full aero position.

Comfort plays a bit part in this too.

Getting set up with a comfortable set is sort of trial and error.  We suggest you try out a few different sets first if you can to make sure they suit.

Watch out as well if you buy a second hand pair.  Sometimes the previous user will cut down the stems a bit and they may be too short for you.

Best Triathlon Aero Bars – Next Stop Ironman.

Taking things up another notch and you start to get into the realms of professional style aero bars.  Again you will be faced with a multitude of options here.

One of our favorites triathlon aero bars are the Zipp Vuka Stealth Aerobar.  These really are an exceptional set of bars and come in at about 800g so light as well.

If you want to look a little deeper into body dynamics and how things work while you are in the saddle then take a look at this excellent video showing off the awesome profile design triathlon aero bars.


Triathlon Aero Bar benefits.

This is simple really.  It comes down to aero dynamics.

When you are down in the aero position you remove quick a bit of body mass out of the wind.

We are not the most aerodynamic of creatures so by getting down low you are giving yourself a huge advantage over the opposition.

Cheap to get set up.  You can pick these up fairly cheap secondhand – make sure they have not been cut down though or you might find your arms are too long – you can’t cut them down to suit!!

You might go for a set of clip on aero bars.  These are by far the cheapest and you can adjust them to you size.  They are also easy to remove if you decide against riding with aero bars.

Clip On triathlon Aero Bars

You can get clip on aero bars for a road bike.

This keeps the cost way down as you don’t have to invest in a dedicated triathlon bike when starting out.

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Triathlon Bike Seats for Men

There is a multitude of options available when looking at triathlon bike seats for men.

Whether you are looking for the most comfortable bike seat or the best triathlon bike saddle you will have plenty of options available to you.  You can also spend anything from twenty dollars upwards past six hundred dollars for a bike seat.  It really comes down to what you want the bike seat for.  Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or

You can also spend anything from twenty dollars upwards past six hundred dollars for a bike seat.  It really comes down to what you want the bike seat for.  Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or

It really comes down to what you want the bike seat for.  Is it for a leisurely ride around the park or for high-speed sprint triathlon.

Because it can be a tough choice to make we have put together this list to get you started in your decision process.  We may not cover all bike seats for men but hope you can find something here that suits you.  These are the most popular on the market at the moment.

Best Triathlon Bike Seats for Men

 

 


Bike Seats for Men – What to look for

A great question and the answer is – it depends.  Are you just looking for something for you cruiser that you take on leisurely rides around the countryside?  If so you will be looking for something with plenty of spring in the seat to combat the inevitable selection of potholes you will encounter on your way.  Sometimes this issue can be overcome by using Gel seat covers instead.

Are you just looking for something for you cruiser that you take on leisurely rides around the countryside?  If so you will be looking for something with plenty of spring in the seat to combat the inevitable selection of potholes you will encounter on your way.  Sometimes this issue can be overcome by using Gel seat covers instead.  The focus of this post is for triathlon bikes so you may want to try here instead

Best Road Bike Saddle – Tour de France winner in the making

If you are in the market for a new road bike saddle and want to compete at a higher level then you will need something much lighter and sleeker than your standard bike seat.  You may even start to look at carbon fibre seats – massive reduction in weight.  Using this type of seat does change a few things though.  Comfort with this style comes at a cost.  You will have to spend a few more dollars to get a seat you can work with on those longer journeys.

Best Triathlon Seat – Next Stop Ironman.

bike seats for menTaking things up another notch on your quest for a quality TT bike saddle and you start to get into the realms of pro style seats.  Again you will be faced with a multitude of options here.  One of our favourites seats for triathlon is the

One of our favourites seats for triathlon is the ISM Adamo Typhoon Saddle.

This double pronged seat really helps you to get comfortable when you are locked in the aero position.

The design helps alleviate a lot of the pain associated with leaning forward on the saddle as the split front leaves room for the goods while you are here.

If you want to look a little deeper into body dynamics and how things work while you are in the saddle then take a look at this excellent video which goes into the details.

best bike helmet

Time Trial Helmet Reviews

giro air attack shield helmetWhen it comes to safety in a triathlon number one is to have the best bike helmet available to you.  

The bike is by far the fastest part if the race so you want to make sure you are protected in case you take a tumble.  

You can’t enter a race without a bike helmet and you will be disqualified from the race if you transition from swim to the bike without clipping up your helmet.

Same goes for when you finish the bike section.

You must keep your helmet on and fastened until you stop completely and the bike is racked.


Our best Triathlon Helmets for 2017 season

Giro Air Attack Shield Bike Helmet - Red/Black Small
335 Reviews
Giro Air Attack Shield Bike Helmet - Red/Black Small
  • Lightweight, compact, and extremely efficient aerodynamic design
  • Includes optical shield by Carl Zeiss Vision
  • Wind tunnel aided design
  • Removable moisture-wicking X-Static padding
  • Featherweight webbing and buckle, Roc Loc Air System
Giro Advantage 2 Road Bike Helmet
25 Reviews
Giro Advantage 2 Road Bike Helmet
  • The Advantage is a proven aerodynamic leader with victories from the Olympics to Ironman to the Tour de France
  • Over a decade of wind tunnel testing has refined the shape and ventilation of the Advantage 2
  • Depply channeled ventilation to keep cool during serious efforts
  • Features Giro's RocLoc 5 fit system
  • In mold construction
Bell Javelin Time Trial/Triathlon Helmet
40 Reviews
Bell Javelin Time Trial/Triathlon Helmet
  • Adjustable Twin Axis Gear (TAG) fit system for a superior fit
  • Removable Race Shield and SeamFlex Ear Flaps
  • Fusion In-Mold Microshell construction and channeled ventilation
  • Weighs 380 grams and comes in three sizes
  • Features X-Static Antimicrobial padding
GRAY Triathlon/Time Trial Aerodome Helmet - Black
13 Reviews
GRAY Triathlon/Time Trial Aerodome Helmet - Black
  • Weighs 345 grams, One size fits all
  • 4-Vent internal channeling, CPSC approved, Chin strap protector
  • Drag: 3.306, Drag at 25 mph : 3.260, Drag Coefficient: 0.2465
  • Flexible side panels, DuraShell in-mold construction
  • Lifetime crash replacement warranty
Giro Air Attack Helmet - Matte White/Lime/Flame Large
89 Reviews
Giro Air Attack Helmet - Matte White/Lime/Flame Large
  • Lightweight, tail-less design
  • Ventilation: 6 vents
  • Fit Adjustment: Roc Loc 5
  • Construction: In-Mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
Bell Star Pro Race Helmet with Tinted Eye Shield 2016
124 Reviews
Bell Star Pro Race Helmet with Tinted Eye Shield 2016
  • Fusion In-Mold Polycarbonate Shell is the result of an in-molding process which bonds the helmet's Microshell to its EPS foam layer for a sturdier, more solid helmet
  • Progressive Layering uses a EPS foam liner that's constructed in 2 layered parts, each using different material densities, to help manage the energy of impacts
  • Active Aero Slider vent lets the rider regulate airflow, temperature and aero efficiency on-the-fly with a simple button seamlessly integrated into the top of the helmet
  • 15 channeled vents bring cool air in through the front, allowing it to pass over your head and then flushes warm air out of the rear ports -- so YOU stay cool and your HEAD stays cool
Lazer Tardiz TT and Tri Helmet: Black; LG
6 Reviews
Lazer Tardiz TT and Tri Helmet: Black; LG
  • Aquapad front pad for comfort and sweat channeling
  • Aquaport to deliver water down and around the head
  • Features 6 vents for airflow
  • Large Fits: 56-61cm
  • Magic buckle magnetic closure system for faster transitions
Bell Star Pro Helmet with Shield Retina Sear/White Blur, M
124 Reviews
Bell Star Pro Helmet with Shield Retina Sear/White Blur, M
  • Shell Material: in-mold polycarbonate
  • Impact Foam: Progressive Layering (dual-density EPS)
  • Ventilation: 15 vents
  • Fit Adjustment: FloatFit
  • Visor: no

We have put together this time trial helmet review to help you in your search for a new tt helmet.

time trial helmet review

Helmets come in many shapes and sizes and this post will concentrate on full triathlon style helmets.  

They look very different because they are shaped for maximum aero dynamics and it is not an item that you would be wearing whilst out on a leisurely ride in the countryside.  

Well you might but you will get a serious amount of ‘blank stares’ from people as you whizz by.


 

Giro Bike Helmets review

giro bike helmetsGiro Helmets started life in a garage belonging to bike racer and designer Jim Gentes in 1985. The first helmet that came out was the Giro Prolight. This design was fine tuned with the help of a friend at NASA. Giro sort of transformed the bicycle helmet world because their helmets were lighter, better looking and much better fitting than traditional bike helmets. This set the standard in bike helmet design and today Giro bike helmets are worn by millions of cyclists and adventure sports people all over the world.

You can find a Giro on the head of anybody from a keen cyclist right through to a hardcore snowboarder. Their style, function and quality keep them ahead of the game and should be on your list of must haves for racing, triathlon or indeed just for a leisurely ride in the country. Gyro have you covered.

Giro Savant Road Bike Helmet4.7 Stars

First up on our review is the Giros Savant Road Bike Helmet.  This is a quality lightweight helmet that really look the part.

The Savant comes with awesome style and performance that matches its superb value for such a great helmet.  One of the key points that readers say about the Giro range is the way the helmet fits your head.  Perfect fitting but you feel like you are not even wearing a helmet.  Lightweight and because of the 25 wind tunnel air vents you head will also stay cool on those long and challenging rides.

The Giro Savant also sports the patented Roc Loc 5 fit and stability system which helps hold it in place.  Because of its weight, comfort and vented style this helmet is ideal for triathlon racing.  Overall this helmet is one of our favorites.  We found the best deal here on Amazon for this helmet so go check it out.

Suggested use: Enthusiast Road, Triathlon, Touring, Urban/Commute, Cruiser/Casual


Giro Bike Helmets.  The Atmos4.5 Stars

The Giro Atmos helmet was the first in the range to use the In-Mould Composite reinforcement system. This really was a game changer is helmet design and styling. It allows for a much greater veltilation but does not in any way take from the strength or integrity of the helmet.
Also featuring the Roc Loc 5 system to help the helmet adjust to the contours of your head.

The Giro Atmos also features 26 wind tunnel vents to keep your head cool while in the zone. No helmet head for you with this little beauty. This low profile stylist helmet should also be on your wish list if you are on the lookout for a new cycling helmet.

Suggested Use: Road Race, Triathlon, MTB XC Race, Cyclocross, Enthusiast Road, Urban/Commute, Touring


Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet Matte Black5.0 Stars

The Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet is in a different league to most other cycling helmets.  This compact, super aerodynamic and exceptionally light helmet is designed to slice through the air.  Built for any style of cycling but a firm favorite in the triathlon circuit the Air Attack is testament to the design and workmanship of Giro helmets

It comes with a magnetically attacked eye shield that provides a full wrap around visor.  This gives you a full spectrum view while you are flying down the road in both standard and aero positions.  No limited view here like the one you get with sunglasses…  Come with the quality fit that you would expect from a Giro and has the awesome looks to go with it.

It also keeps your head nice and cool while out on the bike.  Its superbly designed air flow vents push cool air throughout the helmet.  One happy customer stated that he wears prescription glasses and found this style perfect because he can wear the glasses under the shield.  Quite possibly one of the nicest helmets on the market today and a firm favorite of ours here.

We found a nice discounted price here on Amazon but its a limited offer so make sure to check it out before it goes back up again.

You might want to consider getting yourself a spare lens for this little beauty, although they are very tough and durable so will last regardless.

Suggested Use: Road, Aero/Tri


Giro Advantage 2 Helmet4.8 Stars

If you want to go for a fully fledged aero triathlon helmet then you need to be looking at the magnificent Giro Advantage 2 Helmet.  This design has stood the test of time and is one of the most popular triathlon helmets on the circuit.  Popular for a very good reason – It is that good.

It is very common to see a podium finisher wearing a Giro Advantage 2 helmet.  This helmet, which has been around in various guises for over a decade is the best of the best when it comes to triathlon aero helmets.  Designed and tweaked in a wind tunnel to make sure you are getting the very best out of the design, you are sure to fly down the road when you wear one of these gems.

The advantage of the Giro aero helmet is all in the teardrop design which helps you cut through the air, but the secret lies in the fit and the awesome ventilation.  You won’t suffer from ‘helmet head’ when you wear a Giro Advantage.  They have used 20 years of data to get the recipe for the latest Advantage 2 just right.Another major component of the Giro is the Roc Loc 5 Fit System.  This allows you to make micro adjustments to the helmet fit – with one hand.  You can adjust the fore and aft tilt as well so you get the setup just right for hitting the road fully aero.  The Roc Loc comes in nearly 40% lighter that similar competitor systems so you have a distinct weight advantage with this helmet as well.

Suggested Use: Time Trial, Triathlon


Giro Helmets have really raised the bar with their quality, style, comfort and fit.  If you are looking for a new or a replacement bike helmet then you would be well advised to look at one of the Giro helmets.  Crafted from decades of knowledge and design expertise Giro have produced a full range of helmets you can trust, both on and off the race track.

You can check out the full range of Giro helmets over on Amazon.  We use Amazon because we can’t find a better price anywhere else on the internet.


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castelli pro gloves

Best Cycling Gloves

Best Cycling Gloves

I was never a big fan of wearing gloves when out on the bike but when the weather changes and the road gets a bit rougher I am glad of them.

I have always loved the responsive feel on the handlebars from my bare hands as I speed down the asphalt. It feels more natural and the steering pinpoint accurate.

However, as time has gone by and I have had a few too many tumbles I always reach for my gloves before I head out for a spin.

Plus as we move towards colder weather at this time of the year your hands could do with the extra layer to keep them working as they should. Frozen hands loose power and with that you loose control and end up on your rump in the middle of the road…

Plus, like my shorts I like a bit of padding where it counts for longer journeys…


castelli pro gloves

Pro's & Con's

Comfort

Gel Padding & Grip

Durability

A bit pricey

Castelli Pro Gloves

First, let’s take a look at the Castelli Pro Gloves. I have been a fan of Castelli for years and have owned, tested and punished many of their products when out racing.

Quality has always been one of their selling points and these gloves are no exception. 


our verdict

Overall these are a great set of gloves. If your budget allows then you should invest in a pair today. They feel great on and have plenty of grip and because the gel pads are not the usual leather type they do not destroy your bar tape.

 

Castelli Free Cycling Glove (Black/Red, X-Large)

Castelli - Misc.

Currently not available

Pro's & Con's

Comfort

Gel Padding & Grip

Throw them in the washing machine and they are as good as new…

Velcro gripper is a bit long

Giro Bravo Gloves

Next on our list it the excellent Giro Bravo Gloves. These gloves are pure class and a great reflection on the quality of Giro products.

Built from synthetic leather with great gel pads throughout these breathable cycling gloves are strong and offer excellent grip on even the longest of rides


our verdict

Overall a nice comfortable set of cycling gloves from Giro. Again up in the price range a bit but worth the spend if you are looking for quality. A few of the guys love these and even throw them in the washer to keep them in tip top condition for race day.

$4.43
Giro Bravo Gloves, Black, Large

GIRO - Sports

$21.99 $17.56

LOUIS GARNEAU NIMBUS GLOVE

Pro's & Con's

Comfort

Gel Padding & Grip

Breathable so hands stay happy

The velcro strap detail de-laminates but a bit of glue and away you go again.

Louis Garneau Nimbus Glove

I have always been a fan of Louis Garneau and the Nimbus Gloves are one of my favourite pairs of cycling gloves. 

Packed with all the features you would expect these gloves are ultra comfortable, a great fit and have plenty of padding for that long journey.


our verdict

A great pair of gloves for the money. Backed by a 1 year guarantee if you have any issues but being Louis Garneau you should be fine. 

A few people have commented on the velcro strap de-laminating but glued it back together and still going…

Louis Garneau Nimbus Evo Glove Black, L - Men's

Louis Garneau - Sports

$34.99

best winter cycling gloves

As the weather turns colder and the seasons shift towards winter your hands will get very cold when you are out on the bike. Insulation is critical for your hands but they also need to be able to breathe to stop them getting all sweaty. 

A good pair of winter cycling gloves are essential for you comfort when on the road.

Pearl Izumi Softshell gloves

Pro's & Con's

Warm and Breathable

Gel Padding & Grip

Conductive thumb and index finger tips for smartphone use.

Not ideal for very cold weather

Pearl Izumi Elite Softshell gloves

When the weather gets colder you need a good quality pair of winter cycling gloves to keep your hands warm and functioning properly. Thats where the Elite Softshell Gloves from Pearl Izumi come into their own.

Plenty of Gel padding for longer rides and they even have conductive thumb and index finger tips so you can use your smartphone. (not while riding though…)


our verdict

Overall a solid pair of comfortable and durable gloves from Pearl Izumi. Pricing is fair and the quality is top notch.

Remember not to use your smartphone while on the go…

Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Softshell Glove, Black, Large

Pearl iZUMi Ride - Sports Apparel

$30.25

Gore Power Windstopper Soft Shell Gloves

Pro's & Con's

High Quality

Wind Proof

Thermo Lining

None

Gore Power Windstopper Soft Shell Gloves

When it comes to warm weather clothing no list would be complete without including Gore. The Gore Power Windstopper soft shell gloves are designed to keep you warm and comfortable on every cycling journey.

You might be our for a leisurely training session or a flat out race but rest assured your hands will stay warm and comfortable throughout.


our verdict

Great for keeping your hands in tip top condition when out on a long ride. Windproof but breathable your hands will thank you for choosing Gore the next time you head out in the cold.

Final thoughts on the Best Cycling Gloves

 

These products are what we consider the best cycling gloves on the market today and have been chosen based on user reviews and honest feedback. We hope you find the right pair to suit you for your next cycling trip.

If you have a brand of cycling gloves that you use on a daily basis and feel they should be on the list then drop us a comment below and we will take a look.

If suitable it might even get a test run and make it on to the list next time around.

Thanks for stopping by and happy cycling.