Triathlon Bikes and Accessories.

I love the bike section of every race. It’s the one place where I can really make up time for my below average swimming skills.

Apart from your bike itself, there is not a whole lot you need to worry about here. A decent set of shoes and a tri suit are about it.

Maybe an upgrade to your saddle or tri bars and some end shifters.

Your bike is where you can really spend a lot of money for minor improvements – but is it really worth it?

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Best Women’s Bike Shorts for 2018

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.


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. 

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.

These are great quality hard wearing shorts that will stand up to long distance rides. The fit is snug but not too tight and the high waistband is super comfortable.

Features:

  • Flattering wide waistband for superior comfort
  • 8-panel anatomic design
  • Silicone leg gripper
  • Women’s Race 3D Chamois®
  • Reflective elements for low-light visibility

What We Like:

These are very comfortable shorts for all distance but especially on long distance rides. The Chamois is superb quality. The high waistband keeps everything in place and avoids any rollover.


Women’s bike shorts comparison


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.


Beroy Cycling Shorts

Another favourite of ours is Beroy women’s bike shorts. If you are looking for something comfortable yet budget friendly then these are perfect for you.

Made from 100% polyester they mould nicely to any shape. They are quick drying and come in cool looking designs.

The chamois is comfortable without being too over padded like some other budget bike shorts.

Just be careful with sizing as they tend to stretch a bit over time. Like all shorts, they need to be washed after every use but you can just stick them into a warm wash and they are good to go again.

There are silicon grippers on the inside leg that hold them in place all day.

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 lifesaver…

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.

Also, we would appreciate you hitting one of the share buttons and spreading the word if you feel that this post on women’s bike shorts is of value to you or perhaps to one of your friends.

Thanks for stopping by and happy cycling.

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

Triathlon Cycling Tips

Triathlon Cycling Tips

There is something impressive about people who take part in Triathlons.

They can swim, bike and run – one after the other in a single race. Before you get to that stage, you need to learn how to put all the pieces together.

With triathlons, you have to respect your fitness level when training for an endurance event. It’s about creating new limits and knowing how to stay put in them.

There is more to triathlon cycling beyond riding a bike and this is why we created this article to assist you with a series of tips that will assist triathletes irrespective of the stage you’re in.

Every stage has what makes it unique and solutions that might work at one stage may not be useful at another stage.

1. Picking the right beginner Triathlon Bike.

For newbie triathletes, you need a road bike to begin your journey as they are easier to ride than triathlon bikes and you can use them to compete in any event that you want including road cycling races.

A traditional road bike is used in cycling races and they are the preferred option due to the ease of manoeuvrability and efficient transfer of energy from the muscles to the pedals.

For most road cyclists, the riding position that they get on a road bike is more comfortable than the one they get on a triathlon bike but this comes at a cost when you are competing in Triathlon timed events. 

2. Bike sizing

Having the right bike in the correct size is of utmost importance. I stand at 6′ 2″ and my first bike was bought because I liked the look of it. It was a Specialized Allez and got it for a bargain off a guy who gave up cycling.

It was only after talking to a few guys at Tri events that I was told the frame size was far too small for me. I traded this up to a Felt road bike a few weeks later and it made a huge difference to my times and comfort on the bike.

The size of a bike is measured by the length of the seat tube. So, we measure from the centre of the bottom bracket to the top of the seat tube right beneath the seat.

But it’s not that simple.

Another alternative is to measure the frame size as some manufacturers measure it differently from others. The rule of thumb is to check what frame size is ideal for you as it differs from each brand.

In addition to the seat tube, the length of the top tube and the head tube are equally important when measuring the bike size.

In summary, try talk to an expert to get measured up, the sit on a bike and ride it before purchasing it.

3. Bike Fit

When you cycle, you’re basically doing the same thing over.

It’s a repetitive activity and as such you’re not riding a good bike with a good fit, you put yourself at risk of an overuse injury.

This will also hamper your performance in competition. If you already have a bike that doesn’t fit, you can adjust a couple of things on the bike to get the perfect fit for a comfortable ride every time you pick it up.

These include adjusting the saddle fore, the saddle height, aft position, saddle tilt, handlebar height and the cleat position on your shoes.

The idea is to get the perfect fit for your anatomy. There is no one size fits all solution here, you really have to continue to adjust until you get the right fit.

Bike fitting should be done by professionals and it could set you back by as much as $250. Before hiring a bike fitter, ensure you get a recommendation from experienced triathletes and those with credible certifications and merits that can be verified.

But if you can’t go through the stress or the cost is a debilitating factor, you can get a bike fit by learning from those who have gone before you on popular content platforms like YouTube

4. Bike frame materials

The best triathlon bikes are made from aluminum and carbon fibre. Aluminum is preferred for beginner triathletes due to its cost, durability and lightweight features.

The negative with aluminum bikes is that they are often stiff compared to other materials such as steel.

If you already planning a major upgrade, carbon fibre is the undisputed champion.

It’s lightweight, built for comfort and it’s great for triathlon cycling circuit.

5. First Purchase

As a beginner, your first bike matters a lot. It can help you grow or stunt your development. For the frame, you need a road bike with aluminum frame. this gives you a lot of manoeuvrability and it is comfortable as well.

It could be used or new but ensure someone with experience with bikes evaluates it before you make the purchase. For the bike fit, it probably won’t fit you as well, so you’ll have to hire a professional in your area to help set it up properly. If you don’t have cycling equipment already, you should pick out basic equipment like a helmet, cycling jersey, and proper bike shoes.

The helmet should be new while the other items could be second-hand.

6. Tires and Tire Pressure

When it comes to cycling tires, there are two common tires available.

The Clincher and Tubular tires.

The clincher is the standard tires that you find on most cycling bikes. They are durable and easy to repair and replace in the case of flats. They come with a separate inner tube and are specifically recommended for training.

Tubulars, on the other hand, are lighter than Clincher and can be expanded to a tire with more pressure for a reduced rolling resistance. They are mostly used by professionals who know their game and this is why they are more expensive than the Clinchers and more difficult to repair or replace.

Installing Tubulars involves gluing them to the rim of the bike and a little bit of sewing that serves as added protection in case the tire gets a flat. The choice is fairly simple – clinchers are used for training while tubulars are performance optimized for races.

 

7. Bike Modifications

clip on aero barsOne thing you can do to your stock road bike to turn it into a sort of triathlon bike is to add a set of tt triathlon bars. These triathlon bars help you get into the aero position by lowering you down into the frame more when you ride. 

An inexpensive modification you can do at home it’s probably the best mod you can do to your bike to give you the edge.

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

Triathlon Cycling Shoes for 2018 – Our Top Reviews

Louis Garneau Men's Tri X-Lite Cycling ShoesYour body takes a hammering on race day and so does your kit.

Today we are going to try and look after both…

Having a decent pair of triathlon cycling shoes can give you that extra edge to beat your personal best.

Personally, we think the Louis Garneau Tri-X Tri Shoes are one of the best pairs of shoes out there right now and well priced for such high quality.

I remember my first couple of races with borrowed gear and a pair of old runners. Great memories but things have moved on since then.

I also remember the first time I bought myself a shiny new pair of triathlon racing shoes.

They were pure white Specialized bike shoes but boy, did they look cool… Brough them home and realized the cleats didn’t match the pedals…

That was a fun day but after some research and a quick trip to the local triathlon store and I was back in action with a new set of pedals. At this point, the new pedals and the shoes were worth more than the bike.

So what should you look for in a new pair of tri racing shoes?

Louis Garneau Men’s Tri X-Lite Triathlon Cycling Shoes

The Tri X-Speed shoe has everything you need for triathlon racing but well within what we consider a low price point.

Louis Garneau Men's Tri X-Lite Cycling Shoes

These shoes carry all the latest features you would expect from a high-end pair of racing shoes.

First up there is the easy strap fastening system.

It’s a hook and loop fastening setup that keeps the fastening loop in place even when the shoe is fully open.

These are great because you can leave your shoes clipped into the pedals, attach the generous heel loops to the frame with small elastic bands to hold them in place and perform a running bike mount at the start of the bike section.

The heel loops themselves make it very handy to pull the shoes onto your feet – this is especially helpful after you get out of the water and your hands ain’t as useful as they should be because of the cold…

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They have a reinforced outsole that keeps everything lined up nicely in the pedals.

Couple this with what Louis Garneau call their HRS-80 retention system and you get that connected feeling when you are locked into your pedals.

On warmer days the well-ventilated insoles and shoe help to keep things that bit cooler.

Another feature we like is the moulded treads on the outsole.

Having tried many different makes of bike shoes these are critical – especially in triathlon because you may have to run to the mount point and run back to the transition from the dismount point.

Having solid grips on your soles stop you sliding or slipping all over the place. (I have seen many a great race ruined because an athlete slipped and fell after dismounting the bike and trying to run in bike shoes not designed for triathlon)

What we like:

  • Ventilation is superb and keeps your feet nice and cool throughout the race.
  • Comfort and fit are excellent thanks to the anti-slip heel system and the full strap that adjusts the whole upper of the shoe to mould around your foot.
  • These shoes are super lightweight which for serious triathletes is critical.
  • They feel very solid underfoot and once strapped in it’s like you are connected straight to the crank arms on your bike.

What we dislike:

  • The only thing to watch out for is the size. Like all brands, they have their own sizing chart so I’d highly recommend ordering a size bigger than normal. The strap system compensates for any slack you may have and once fastened up properly they fit like a glove.
     

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Louis Garneau 2014 Men's Tri X-Lite Triathlon Cycling Shoes - 1487215 (White - 42) Louis Garneau 2014 Men's Tri X-Lite Triathlon Cycling Shoes - 1487215 (White - 42) 43 Reviews $151.99 from $119.96


In this review, we are going to highlight some of the things you need to look out for when choosing new cycling shoes for your next triathlon. These are tips we have picked up along our triathlon journey and by talking to some of the more seasoned professionals out there.

Triathlon Shoes Buying Guide

First up let’s look at why you should even bother getting yourself tri specific shoes.

It comes does to three main things really – speed, weight, and comfort. We will examine each of these in a bit of detail now.

Let’s take a look at speed to start with. You will notice that almost all triathlon-specific cycling shoes have velcro straps to hold them in place instead of laces. This is very deliberate and can help you shave valuable seconds off your transition times if you can master the art of putting them on quickly.

As an example here – my tri shoes never leave the pedals on y bike unless I am cleaning them after a race. They stay firmly clipped into the cleats all the time.

Before I start any race and during setup in transition I clip my shoes into the pedals and tie an elastic band into one of the loops at the back of the shoe. The other end gets wrapped around the back axle of the wheel to hold everything in place.

This setup allows me to run my bike straight out of T1 and up to the start line of the bike course without slipping about in my shoes on the road. Also because I have the shoes locked in place up out of the way with the elastic band they don’t drag along the ground.

When I get to the start line I am already sprinting with the bike so hop up onto the saddle, dive a foot into one of the shoes and tighten the velcro strap. Then in goes the other foot and once I have the velcro strap tight I start cycling. This breaks the elastic band and off I go.

Picking The Best Triathlon Shoes

Let’s have a quick look at the main points to consider when hunting for the perfect pair of racing shoes for your next triathlon

Weight – The shoes need to be lightweight. Some of the more expensive shoes are made from composite and carbon fibre so are extremely light.

Comfort and Fit – You won’t be wearing any socks so the insoles should be soft enough and be a snug fit.

Breathable – You want to feet to be able to breathe. Any decent brand of tri shoe will have a series of vents to help with this.

Makeup – Nearly all shoes are made from composite materials but the insoles and inner sock material should be the best quality you can afford. Not just for race day but when you take them off they should not poison everybody with the smell.

Heel Handle – This is hugely important. Especially when you start with your shoes already clipped into the pedals. The last thing you want to be doing is fumbling around trying to get your shoes on when you should be racing.

Speed is everything in Triathlon

So let’s look at the previous setup for a second and see where we shaved off those valuable seconds.

Firstly I didn’t have to stop in transition and put on my shoes. I had my wetsuit half off before I even got to the bike.

All I have to do is remove my wetsuit, clip on my helmet and start running out of transition up to the start line for the bike race. No worrying about wet feet, shoelaces or even socks, which brings me to my next point…

Triathlon shoes need to be comfortable because more than likely you are going to be wearing them without socks.This seriously reduces time in transition because you are not trying to drag socks onto wet feet. Try doing this after a shower and you will know what I mean.

The fact that the pedals were already clipped into the pedals and held in place with the rubber band saved me a huge amount of time because I could run with the bike – try running on the road at any speed with a pair of bike shoes on your feet and see how long it takes for you to end up flat on your back.

Lastly, the velcro straps mean you can get fixed into your shoes in seconds and start racing.

Make sure the shoe fits

Most people don’t wear any socks when competing in a triathlon so make sure the shoes you buy fit properly. They should be snug but not tight. All good tri cycling shoes have vents to let your feet breathe so a snug fit doesn’t cause any discomfort.

Think of it this way. Because of the cleats on the bottom of your shoes, you are basically connected to the pedals.

This should feel solid but controllable and if your feet are sliding all over the place in your shoes then you are not going to be able to perform at your best. Plus you risk causing injury or blisters when out on the road. 

Remember you still have to run a minimum of 5k after the bike race is finished so look after your feet.

Getting setup properly

Once you pick out a new pair of cycling shoes you need to make sure they fit your pedals. Don’t make the same mistake I did when I started out and get the wrong ones…

There are two main types of pedals on triathlon bikes and each has their own style of cleats – these are the yellow clips on the underside of your shoes.

New bike shoes don’t come supplied with cleats so make sure you pick some up.

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SPD-SL pedals.

These are the three hole cleats as I call them. There are three holes in the cleat to fix it to your shoes and are pretty much the standard when it comes to road bike shoes. They have a great surface area which gives you solid contact with the pedals.

You push the front of the clip in first and then press your foot down on the pedal to lock it in place.

Using clips on pedals can be a bit scary at first but once you get used to them you will never look back. The feeling of being connected to the pedals gives you superb control and extra power all the way through pedalling motion.

To unclick you twist your foot sideways and the cleat pops out of the pedal.

How Much Should You Spend

Like everything, you get what you pay for, but you do not have to spend a fortune on a decent pair of tri shoes. Just make sure you go for a reputable brand and something with a Velcro strap and lightweight if possible.

Anything by Giro, Luis Garneau, Shimano or Pearl Izumi will do you well.

Whatever you choose, make sure they fit you, your pedals and get out there and start racing…

Here is a quick video from Michael Fox of Fox Endurance Racing showing you how to use the rubber band technique to hold you tri shoes in place during the transition.

Try it out – worked wonders for me and my transition times.

 

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

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Bike Trainers

Indoor Bike Trainers

I spend far too many hours in the office in front of a computer.

When it comes to downtime I love nothing more than heading out for a spin on my bike.

This can take the shape of a leisurely spin in the countryside or a high speed training run in preparation for my next triathlon.

Whatever plan I have for that particular ride the only thing that will stop me is the weather.

Howling wind, rain and freezing cold is not the type of conditions anybody likes to ride in, and I’m just like everybody else…

indoor bike trainer

So what does one do?

Simple.

Clip you bike into your turbo trainer, fire up the tablet and off you go anyway. Sure, it’s not exactly the same but it does have some serious benefits to your cycling.

Indoor bike trainers are awesome and when the weather or short winter nights stop you going outside you still get all the exercise you need to keep the fitness and speed up for race day. I read a great article some time ago on the Ironman website about the advantages of using an indoor trainer and how it can really help your speed so that got me interested and eventually I invested in my first turbo trainer.

I am fairly strong on the bike and it’s my best part of every triathlon race I compete in. I put a lot of this down to off season indoor training.

With a bike trainer you can set the pace. Some of the more elaborate trainers even come with computerised courses you can run from your laptop - tour de France from your spare room anybody…

Bike Trainer Benefits

I mentioned the impact of weather as a benefit of using a bike trainer. This is only 1 of many advantages of using one. 

When I am out on the bike I like to push myself as hard as I can. This helps keep fitness levels up and really gives me a hard workout. I power up hills and freewheel down them again to get a well deserved rest. - On an indoor bike trainer you don't have the luxury of cruising because if you stop pedalling the trainer stops as well. 

You have to keep up momentum all the time and that provides an even better workout.

Controlled Environment

On a trainer you are free from traffic distractions, other cyclists and weather. You can set yourself goals and really go for them. Plan out a session and introduce plenty of hard sections to push yourself.

I spent a good deal of time working on my pedal stroke as I used to only half use the power in my legs to turn the cogs. On the trainer I adapted my pedal stroke and now power right through the stroke. This has greatly improved my overall times and fitness. (All done off season my the trainer)

Availability

As mentioned earlier I work hard and put in long hours at the office. More often than not it's too dark when I get home to even consider going out on my tri bike for a spin.

This is where the trainer really comes into it's own.

I have a spare training bike that is constantly hooked up to the trainer and is ready to go whenever I am.

Indoor Trainer Buying Guide

Bike trainers come in a near unlimited amount of styles and features - some great, some too expensive and some, well, just a waste of money.

We took a look at our top three from budget trainers to mid line and picked our top choice fully functional computerised training monster...

Budget

You can spend upwards of $1500 on a trainer if you have that much spare cash lying around. Like everything set yourself a budget first and then go shopping. Try keep to this as there are enough other items on your triathlon shopping list that will be needed on race day!

My first trainer was under $100 and worked perfectly for me when I started out.

Noise

Yes noise definitely is a factor with indoor trainers. I remember 'fondly' back to when my daughter was a baby.

I was helping out more around the house so bike time was limited to the indoor trainer, but it was very loud, especially when I was racing at speed. 

This wont effect everybody reading this but it's something to note when you are choosing a new trainer.

Bike Trainer Tire

One thing you should definitely invest in as part of your indoor kit is a trainer specific bike tire.

What may seem such a small investment can really help you. These specially designed tires reduce heat caused by friction on the trainer and can drastically reduce the noise so makes it ideal for training in a house when quiet is appreciated - wish I had one of these back in the day 🙂 

Vittoria Zaffiro Pro Home Trainer Tire


1 – CycleOps Fluid2 Indoor Trainer

CycleOps have become the standard when it comes to quality indoor bike trainers.

The fluid resistance system lets you really control the ride but keeps the noise levels way down compared to normal mechanical trainers.

Designed for racing, triathlon and even mountain bikes, these trainers are exceptional.

Currently the best selling trainer on the market!

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CYCLEOPS Fluid2Trainer

Here’s a closer look.

quietest bike trainer

Noise: The Fluid2 is the about the quietest indoor trainer on the market. Because of the fluid resistance setup you don't have the normal grinding sound compared to other cheap trainers.

Add a purpose made trainer tire to your bike and this runs about 60bd when under normal load.

strong trainer for your bike

Build Quality: Made in the USA, the cycleops trainer is superb quality. Manufactured from 2inch round rugged steel it is built to last. 

Ask anybody who owns one of these and they all say the same. They are a solid unit and give you great support on the bike.

bike trainer under $500

Value for Money: While not the cheapest option available they are certainly the best value for money. 

The unit ships with a dedicated training skewer included and all you need extra is a front wheel block if thats your style.

The only other features above this model take you into the expensive computerised range that run well over $1000.

Possible cons: None!

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

best women's spinning shoes

Women’s Spinning Shoes to help you Crush your Spin Class

best women's spinning shoes

Introduction

When it comes to attending spinning classes, nothing is as important as having the right shoes.

You could try cycling on your running shoes but once you get a feel of spinning shoes or indoor cycling shoes, you’ll wonder how you ever managed without using them from the start.

Running shoes are for running, while you’re spinning shoes are for indoor cycling. There are so many reasons why you need to get spinning shoes before attending your next cycling class.

One of the reasons is the soles. Running shoes don’t have stiff soles which are required for cycling. This is required in order to power the pedalling. The stiffer the sole, the better it is and the more power you get to the pedal cranks.

Stiffer soles also mean you will have more balance and feel more comfortable on the bike while sitting and standing out of the saddle. Spinning shoes make you look cool and they also keep your feet in position.

PRO Tip: With the right spinning shoes, your foot will not move from position to position, it will stay firmly planted in place avoiding blisters so you can focus on the instructor’s instructions. There are simply too many benefits of using spinning shoes for your cycling class.

Buyer’s Guide for the Best Women’s Spinning Shoes


When it comes to picking the right cycling shoes for women, there are four variables that are most important. These are the fastening system of the shoes, the sole, cleat style, and the fit.

a. Fastening system.

When it comes to the best cycling shoes for women, the closure systems are very important. It doesn’t matter if you are road cycling, on a mountain bike or taking indoor classes The system determines how easy it is for you to wear the shoes and adjust them during classes. Boa is known for offering the most precise fastening system. Ratchets are also good but the closure could be difficult to adjust when on the spinning bike.

b. Soles

The soles of your spinning shoes are also important. Light soles tend to be stiffer and more desirable. The stiffer the sole, the easier it will be to pedal your bike during class. Carbon soles are a bit expensive while the cheaper option is plastic soles which don’t offer as much sturdiness on the bike as carbon soles.

c. Cleat system

The design of your spinning shoes will determine the cleats that it would use for the different type of pedals. Some cycling shoes are designed to use three-bolt cleats (SPD cleats) while others are compatible with two-bolt cleats only. The difference is basically on whether or not your spinning shoes will be suitable for both indoor and outdoor cycling. Two bolt cleats are popular among touring cyclists. Recessed cleats let the cleat into the shoe a bit more thus making it a bit easier to walk in.

d. Cycling Shoe Fit

When it comes to spinning shoes, some brands might fit you more than others would. We have found reviews where the customers complained about some shoes running small and others being narrower than usual. It’s best you try before you buy and if you’re buying online, you can read the reviews to be sure there is no sizing issue before purchasing. If you have the option to try on a pair then make sure to bring a pair of running socks with you…

Spinning Shoes Review

1. Louis Garneau Women’s Multi-Air Flex Fitness/Mountain Cycling Shoe

Searching for the perfect shoes for your spinning needs? The Louis Garneau Women’s Multi-Air Flex Fitness/Mountain Cycling Shoe was created especially for this. It features a patented Multi Air Flex ventilated composite outsole which is quite rigid and sturdy enough for producing the needed pedalling efficiency and toe flexion needed for cycling and commuting.

best women's spinning shoesWhen you’re cycling, the HRS-80 retention system becomes a lifesaver. it keeps the heel firmly in place and eliminates all form of pressure so you can be comfortable enough to produce powerful pedal strokes.

The Louis Garneau Women’s Multi-Air Flex Shoe are the perfect shoes for indoor cycling and they come in true-to-fit sizes which ensure you have a secure grip for spinning.

If you have ever experienced having your feet slip out of the pedals, you will definitely understand the value of true-to-fit sizes. These set of shoes reduce the incidence of having your feet slip off the pedal while cycling.

The Louis Garneau Multi Air Flex Women’s Spinning Shoes are quite popular with women globally and users have marvelled at the amount of flexibility and stiffness which is derived when wearing them. The combination of flexibility and a good amount of stiffness leads to better performance.

The versatility is also a plus as they can be worn for commuting, running and even weekend excursions in the wild. Built with synthetic leather and mesh that provides a weightless feel. Wearing heavy shoes to a spinning class is a surefire way of getting frustrated before the class ends.

You will find it hard not to wear these stunning shoes every time you want to workout.

The Louis Garneau Women’s Multi-Air Flex Shoe upper mesh design comes with small holes which makes it breathable. These holes act as an exhaust that keeps your feet cooler while your workout. If you like plain classy shoes that get the job done without the bells and whistles, you will love these ensure.

Pros

  • The shoes are quite versatile
  • Great look and easy to put on.
  • Made from synthetic leather and mesh
  • Water resistant with ventilated EVA insole for stability and better airflow.

Cons

  • The shoes run small
  • Doesn’t come with clips

2. Giro Sante II Bike Shoe – Women’s White/Gloss White 39

Sleek and comfortable, these are two words that describe the Giro Sante II Bike Shoe – Women’s White/Gloss White 39. Designed with sleek lines that have become synonymous with Giro’s brand. These well-streamlined women’s spinning shoes have a synthetic upper with breathable mesh inserts for better airflow during a workout.

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This feature is especially useful during the summer where sweating will be almost second nature. When you workout for long hours, it’s normal to have a buildup of sweat in the feet which invariably turns into a nasty odour.

With the Giro Sante II Bike Shoe, there is the Aegis antimicrobial footbed which combats the buildup of odour during long rides.

Hook and loop velcro straps provide a secure shoe fit without causing discomfort on the pressure points on the pedal stroke. It doesn’t have a walking tread though, neither is it insulated.

These shoes are not sold with clips for your preferred cleat system, you have to get them separately. If there is one problem that we noticed about the Giro Sante II Bike Shoe – Women’s Cycling Shoes for Spin Classes is their sizes. They are comfortable on the feet, very cute but they run small especially as regards their narrow fit. You have to order one size up to get a perfect fit.

Pros

  • Great shoes for spinning classes
  • Has Aegis antimicrobial footbed for cutting down odour.
  • They can be used with SD and delta clips

Cons

  • Shoe size – they run small.
  • Not sold with clips
  • Not waterproof

3. Pearl Izumi women’s Elite Road IV Shoes

When it comes to spinning shoes for high performance, the Pearl Izumi women’s Elite Road IV Shoes sits on top. The first thing you will notice when you get on your bike with these shoes is the unidirectional carbon sole which is quite stiff. This gives a sense of direct drive for the rider between shoe and pedal which enables you to efficiently transfer power.

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There is nothing as exciting as being able to do this easily. It uses the same material as other high range cycling shoes which is a turn away from the flexing of previous Pearl Izumi shoes. Weighing 580g a pair, these shoes are quite light and affordable.

One interesting feature of this shoe is the concave shaping. The concave shaping gives a lower than average 7mm shoe stack height. This has been attributed to increasing marginal wattage according to current users.

It has a Boa reel closure which is placed expertly at the tongue of the shoe giving the Pearl Izumi women’s Elite Road IV Shoes a low profile design while creating an even pressure distribution across the midfoot allowing a perfect micro-adjustment fit for riders.

For your comfort and protection on the bike, there are two mesh vents under the toe box and another mesh vent behind the three bolt cleat fixing which is reinforced. In addition to the cleats, the heels are moulded and the sole is well protected by the toe bumpers. You might feel a bit rigid and in control when riding with this spinning shoes for women.

This is due to the lightweight nature and the security of the Boa retention system. These attributes ensure the shoe is tightened evenly over the top of your foot so there are no pinch points or hotspots during use.

There were some owners who complained about tightening the toe box Velcro closure at first but this softens after consecutive use over time.

These shoes are slick and tick quite a lot of the necessary boxes needed for a high performing women’s spinning shoes.

There is absolutely no reason why you shouldn’t try out the Pearl Izumi women’s Elite Road IV Shoes.

They have an excellent power transfer and a low design that looks cool on your feet while you ride your bike.

Pros

  • Perfect stiff sole
  • Excellent efficient power transfer
  • Has a low profile look

Cons

  • Not suited for riders with narrow feet.

4. Giro Empire W ACC Women’s Cycling Road Shoes

The Giro is incredibly attractive, designed to combine impressive looks with a low weight design and high level of stiffness for that ultimate shoe performance package. Most of the spinning shoes for women that have been reviewed here have featured shoes with Boa fastening, ratchet or Velcro. Giro takes a step further by creating a stand out performer with laces. Absolutely amazing when you think about it.

Lace-up cycling shoes have been racking up a lot of good reviews of recent and the women-specific Giro W Empire ACC shoes

are a recent addition to that category.

Made from one-piece Evofibre uppers which result in clean looks and a lack of seams or stitching which brings more comfort and elegance to the design.

For the laces, these are not the usual ones from off-the-shelf variety but rather Teijin microfibre laces that hold a knot better and is lighter and durable than standard laces use in sneakers.

We do believe that since the design is quite simple and has little or no major makeover, the weight of the spinning shoes should at least be lesser than its current 394 kg.

While this is not heavy for cycling shoes for women, but there are lighter options in the market. The shoes lean towards lower volume which is quite impressive for those who prefer roomier toe box area. The arch supports are quite optional but tailor-made for comfort and support.

The Giro W Empire ACC spinning shoes for women are embedded with carbon fibre soles from Easton carbon ACC. This is done with a partnership with composites expert Easton and in theory, the carbon fibre soles make the shoes stiff and this is where the pedalling power comes from.

But we also suspect, this might be where the bulk of the shoe weight is from as well. According to Giro, the spinning shoes come in smaller sizes with a narrower heel and less volume than its male counterpart. It also has a Supernatural Fit Kit with the adjustable arch support that helps the owner get a perfect fit.

When you’re riding your bike, the upside with using the Giro W Empire ACC is that the laces give you a perfect fit. With its three arch support, it should feel like a custom made shoe once tightened up and ready for action. The problem with this is that there is no on-the-fly adjustment which you would have enjoyed with a Boa daily or a Velcro closure.

When you’re out of the saddle or just upping the pace of your bike, the Giro W Empire ACC can provide incredible torsional and lateral stiffness that would definitely keep your foot in place.

The media has always touted the idea that moving bike parts and laces are not suitable for each other but these shoes are definitely a testament to how wrong that statement is.

Even Bradley Wiggins will disagree with that idea which means this shouldn’t be a huge concern. Just ensure you use the lace-securing tab before setting off to your cycling class. Then, as with most shoes that have been reviewed here, they do come up small and you have to go at least one size up to your normal size.

For the pricing, while it does seem to be expensive, we believe it still sits at the lower end of high-end spinning shoes. Other shoes that performs as much as these will definitely cost you more so there is lots of value here. But, we believe whether the Giro W Empire ACC shoes are for you or not will come down to what you think about lace-ups compared to dials and the other closure types.

We believe that the Giro W Empire ACC balance stiffness with comfort in a classic lace-up design and is definitely worth the hype.

Pros

  • Good looking shoes that are easily adjustable
  • Replacement parts are available
  • Reasonably lightweight design
  • Stiff which offers lots of pedalling power

Cons

  • Difficult to adjust on the move
  • A bit pricey
  • Limited color range

5. Fizik R5 Donna Road Shoes

While it’s true that Fizik is still a new brand in the market, it’s quite well known for high-end shoes is designed with kangaroo leather and full carbon soles.

The Fizik R5 Donna Road Shoes is a much more affordable option with nylon/carbon mix sole with lots of stiffness with a minimal flex.

While this well-designed shoe is quite appealing, we love the fact that its nylon element is quite supple and just as soft as the high-quality leather at the mesh upper while the microtex allows the flow of air through the shoes by keeping it ventilated.

This ensures your feet won’t feel overheated but it also means you might need to wear oversocks when your feet run cold.

There are microtex lines all across the shoes which is quite sleek and shiny with its turquoise patent effect tongue.

The shoe fastens well with two Velcro straps and a Boa IP1-A closure. The closure along with the toe and heel grips. The upper and tongue of these pair of shoes are perforated for airflow. The carbon fibre sole is designed to use a three-point road style cleats.

The Fizik R5 Donna Road Shoes are high-quality shoes with a comfortable fit and excellent power transfer.

Pros

  • Stiff shoes for powerful pedalling
  • Comfortable and secured shoes

Cons

  • Suitable for a wider foot.
  • Matt white finish gets dirty quickly

 

Wrapping Up

So there you have it, folks. Our top 5 women’s cycling shoes for spin class or shoes for indoor cycling. If we had to pick out our favorite pair it would have to be the Pearl Izumi Elite RD’s. A mid-priced bike shoe that is ideal for spinning. Put a pair on, go to a spin class, and you will wonder why you never tried them before…

If you want to up your game when you next go spinning or ride any sort of speciality bikes then make sure to have the correct women’s footwear, listen to your cycling instructor and you will smash any previous times and your performance will go through the roof.

 

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

Giro Bike Helmets review

Giro 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 Helmet

First up on our review is the Giro Savant Road Bike Helmet.  

This is a quality lightweight helmet that really looks 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 your 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.  

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


Giro Bike Helmets | The Atmos

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 ventilation 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 Black

The Giro Air Attack Shield Helmet is in a different league from 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 favourite in the triathlon circuit the Air Attack is a 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…  Comes 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.

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 Helmet

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 than 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 here.  We use Amazon because we can’t find a better price anywhere else on the internet.


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best bar end shifters for triathlon

Best Bar End Shifters

Our Top Bar End Shifters For Triathlon

The 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.


best bar end shifters for triathlon

#1 – ​SRAM R2C TT 10

When it come to triathlon style shifters there is no better name than SRAM.

The RC2 shifters are exceptional, especially if you are one of those triathletes that strives for maximum aero positioning.

Made from carbon and titanium these top of the line shifters are designed for winners.

With only 3mm of action required to change gears you are guaranteed the best aero positioning in the market.

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SRAM RC2 shifters review

Here’s a closer look.

Quality: The SRAM RC2 shifters are designed for triathletes and are used by some of the biggest names in racing. The unique return-to-centre shifting setup keeps you as aero as possible at all times.

Gear changing is smooth and with only 3mm of action required you can dance through the gears instantly.

The blades are made from carbon and the centre pins are titanium so all up you have a very strong unit that only weights in at 175g a pop.

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Setup: Setting up these shifters is pretty straightforward but you do need to keep and eye on the cable tension to allow for smooth gear changing.

There is plenty of adjustment available here so you get the exact setup you feel comfortable with, plus you can trim these out to get a smooth chain line all the way through.

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Overall Thoughts: If you are striving for maximum aero positioning when on the bike then these shifters should be top of your list. Setup is simple enough but just keep an eye on the cable tension.

The only issue we really have with these shifters is the price, but then again how much is a personal best worth to you!!


#2 – Shimano Dura Ace 9 Speed

If you are wanting to get yourself a first set of bar end shifters then the Shimano Dura Ace kit is perfect. 

They work with double or triple cranks so for a lot of guys out there upgrading a standard road bike, these shifters are ideal.

Price wise these are cheap enough but still come with the quality you expect from Shimano.

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SRAM RC2 shifters review

Here’s a closer look.

Quality: The overall build quality is what you come to expect from a brand like Shimano.

Solid design and construction makes for a great set of shifters.


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Setup: Setting up is a breeze. There are detailed instructions if you are that way inclined but installation couldn't be any easier.

You can switch between index and friction shifting which really helps on longer journeys. It also helps after long term use when you get some play or stretch in the gear cables.

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Overall Thoughts: We particularly like these shifters and at this price point they are a fantastic addition to any bike.

For people transforming their road bike into a tt style setup these are ideal. Get yourself a set of tt bars, clip these bad boys on, any away you go.

We especially like the fact they are compatible with double and triple chain rings so you have many more options available to you gear-wise.


Fitting Bar End Shifters

Setting up or fitting a set of bar end shifters is pretty straightforward. There are only a few things you really need to look out for.

Cable tension plays a bit part in the gear changing action of your shifters so make sure you check the instructions to be 100%.

Fitting to the end of your TT bars is simple. Most designs have a small screw under the lever that spreads out the end of the shifter within the bar end.

This causes a solid friction fit and once you bind over the end of the shifter with some bar tape they will never move.

Top Tip: Make sure you have the cables in place before you tighten up the shifter screws or you will have to start over. 🙂 

Maintenance 

Not much to worry about here except every so often you should add a drop or two of oil to the level mechanisms to keep them running true and free.

After a lot of miles you may notice the cables stretch a bit and tis has a knock on effect on gear changing.

Just loosen off the grub screw on the derailleur, tighten up the cable and you should be good as new again.

Our best Triathlon Bar End Shifters for 2018 season

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

Triathlon Transition Bags for 2018 Season. Review & Buying Guide

Triathlon bags or transition bags, while not essential for race day are a must of you want to get to and from a race without stressing on whether you have everything you need to complete.

I spend a fair amount of hard-earned money on my tri gear. The last thing I want to happen is for it to end up all over the road.

That’s where a good triathlon transition bag comes in. 

I spent far too long researching these so you don’t have to…

Yes, I know it seems odd but the reality is that you need somewhere to keep all your stuff on race day, and a properly kitted out bag is going to help reduce stress when you get to the start line.  

Knowing you have everything you need and that it’s all readily available in its own compartment really does make a difference.


So which is the best and why:

Take a look below.  We have picked out our best-sellers, the top of the line tri bag, and also a nice quality budget bag.


Our Best Selling Triathlon Transition Bag

The Blue Seventy Transition Bag is by far our most popular transition bag.

Most people who race triathlon will know Blue Seventy for their awesome wetsuits.  They also make a superb triathlon transition bag.  

This really is a great all-rounder and a bag that some of our racing team currently use.

Some of its cool features include a large insulated compartment at the bottom of the bag that will hold a wetsuit.  A very handy elasticated pocket for your helmet.

Some fairly decent sized side pockets for drinks bottles and hydration, a multitude of internal zip pockets for your essentials like keys etc..

It sports a large opening for top loading of your kit and has plenty of room to hold everything you need on race day.  

Top all of that off with very comfortable shoulder and waist straps to carry the bag around and you are on to a winner with the Blue Seventy Tri bag.

This bag has been around for a while now but still makes the cut when it comes to value quality and features.  A very popular triathlon transition bag and top of our list.


Our Second Choice Triathlon Bag from Orca

Orca makes a fantastic tri bag that is jam packed with features you would expect to see from a brand like Orca.

The Orca bag has been built with every feature designed to suit a triathlete. There are pockets for literally everything you need on race day.

The is a very handy helmet pocket to protect your lid, special dry compartments for your wet gear, separate sections for dry gear and it even has lined sealed compartments for your electronics like phone and car keys.

One really great feature is the bright interior of the bag. Now, this may seem gimmicky but it’s really easy to find things in the bag because of the contrasting colors.

So let’s take a closer look at what we really like featurewise about this tri bag.

  • It’s 100% polyester so it’s very hard wearing and easy to keep clean
  • The helmet protector keeps you prize helmet safe and covered at all times
  • It comes in at 70l storage capacity so plenty of room for all your gear. No more bring separate bags along to transition
  • The carry straps are nice and padded and can be converted into a single carry strap so this bag can go everywhere with you
  • It is a cool looking bag, comes with white reflective strips to keep you safe and the green liner makes finding things a breeze.

You can pick this bag up here and as we have stated, it really is a great hard wearing bag full of features


Our Top Choice | Best Quality Bag

The Gyst BP1-15 Triathlon Backpack claims the top spot in our review.

This really is a top class tri bag and carries all the features you would expect from Gyst.

It features the Gyst X-Changer system that allows you to get changed pretty much anywhere.  

You can stand on a built-in transition mat that folds out from the bag, keeping your feet clean and dry while you change – essential when you are in a transition area and don’t have time for anything.

There is a multitude of pockets in this bag that can carry all of your triathlon or fitness gear, a wet compartment for your wetsuit or swimming gear and damp towels.

  • This bag is unique, in that it transforms into a tri bag with a built-in transition mat
  • It has a great selection of magnets, loops and hooks that allow for easy access to all the compartments
  • A great feature of this bag is the dual access.  This allows you to load the bag from either opening.  Saves pulling everything out to get what you need
  • Also, has a built-in drainage system to remove any excess water after use
  • Made from water-repellent fabric with great size #10 zippers

Best Value For Money Tri Bag

The final bag on our list is the TYR Alliance Team II Backpack.  This awesome bag from TYR really is the best value for money available today.  

Full of top features that you would expect from TYR – A great brand in triathlon.

The TYR tri bag has a good-sized interior compartment that will hold all your swim gear or wet towels.  It also sports a large dry compartment.  This helps separate things out and keep you organized.

It comes with a goggle protector pocket, reinforced interior pockets and a handy pocket for your iPod or smartphone.  Comes with good strong straps and has a padded back for extra comfort.

This really is a great bag considering the cost.


triathlon transition bagAlso known as a triathlon duffle bag, triathlon gear bag, equipment bag, triathlon gym bag.  (List goes on)

Put simply, though – you cannot underestimate the import role a good tri bag plays on race day. Everything on race day goes into your bag, except your bike and possibly your helmet, but there are bags that have clips for holding your helmet which comes in very handy.

My first day out I had three bags full of gear and more bits and pieces.  What a disaster really.

There was stuff everywhere and I must have gone through each bag twenty times to make sure I had everything.  I invested in a decent transition bag before the second race to avoid this happening again.

Modern design gives you multiple compartments and sections that allow you to split up each area of the race into separate spaces.

Very handy when you are going through your pre-race gear checklist and you know where to find everything. Saves the twenty check panic attacks…

We can provide customer reviews for Zoot, Zipp, Zeus, Blue Seventy, Desoto, Nike, Orca, TYR and more, so just reach out and ask us.  If there is a particular bag you have in mind that is not on our list we will gladly take a look and give you our honest opinion via a review.


 Features to look out for:

When you are on the hunt for a new tri bag there are some key features you should definitely look for.

As this is a multi-disciplinary sport you should try and get a tri bag with separate compartments for each discipline.

What do we mean by that?

When you are going to a race everything is nicely organised and more importantly dry!

If you can get a bag with a wetsuit compartment and somewhere waterproof to store your towel you will keep everything else in your bag from getting soaked.

I like to separate out my gear based on each section of the race.

I keep all my swimming gear together in one section. There is a dedicated section for my tri suit and running gear – including my runners, and finally somewhere for my helmet and visor.

That way when I get to the transition area I can easily grab each set of gear and lay it out. Nice and calm with no panic…

Some of the best triathlon bags on the market are designed this way and one particular feature I like is the ability to strap my helmet onto my bag out of the way. Just remember to put in on once you enter the transition area or you risk being disqualified before you even get started.

Look for something with a bit of padding around the straps and the back area. We tend to carry quite a bit of kit in our packs and you don’t want to strain or injure yourself – at least until after you cross the finish line.

I also like to keep all my race nutrition separate from my gear just in case any of my gels or fluids leaks. This can be a bit of a nightmare as everything gets sticky and uncomfortable.

Some modern racing bags have an array of side pockets for storing kit and these can be great for things like swimming goggles, swimming hats and even your tri sunglasses.

You bring a lot of gear with you on race day so keep it organised and you will be one happy racer.

You get my point… So make sure you have a system or checklist for your tri bag and tick everything off well in advance. Hop in the car on race day with peace of mind 


Essentials for your Tri Bag

When it gets closer to race day it always pays to be organised. There is enough happening on the day without you having to worry about whether you packed everything you need. 

Did I remember my goggles?

Are my shoes packed?

1. Bike Helmet

Yep, I’ve seen this many times before. People rock up on race day and have forgotten their helmet. Rules now dictate that you can’t even get into the transition area without your helmet firmly attached to your head, so if you forgot yours then you are out before you even start.

Some of the specialised tri bags have specific compartments for your helmet or straps on the top or front of the backpack when you can clip on your helmet.

If you are using one of the really fancy Triathlon TT helmets then chances are it comes with its own bag or box so just clip that onto your bag strap somewhere anyway.

2. Bike Shoes

I like to pre-clip my shoes onto the pedals before I leave transition and hold them in place with a few elastic bands so they don’t flop about in the run-up to the bike starting point. But what happens if you forget your shoes. Have you ever tried to cycle a bike with normal runners and clip on pedals – yes it works but you ain’t going to be hitting any personal bests on the day.

Some more modern bags have special zippered areas or netting for your shoes so make sure you have them packed before you go.

3. Swimming Gear – Wetsuit / Hat / Goggles / Towel

I have a bag that has separate areas for each part of my race and that really helps keep me organised. Make sure to pack yours before you leave the house on race day.

You can live without a swimming hat because at most races you are given a colour coded hat so the marshalls know what wave or race you are competing in and can direct you easily.

You can also do without Goggles if you are really stuck but I would not recommend it. I always have two pairs packed just in case a) I lose a pair or b) I break the elastic band. Also, make sure to throw in the anti-fog spray if required so you can see where you are going

Most important of the lot when it comes to swimming, is your wetsuit. Now in some races, you are allowed in the water without one but why not have it on anyway to help you with buoyancy and streamlining in the water. Use the advantage where you can.

Look for a bag that has a wetsuit compartment included because while the wetsuit is dry going on, it’s going to be soaking when it comes off and you don’t want to mess up the rest of your gear if you don’t have to.

Always pack a towel. This comes in extra handy after you enter T1 and get changed into your bike gear. Try pulling tight socks onto wet feet when you are in a rush and you will understand. It only takes a few seconds to dry your feet but it’s totally worth it. 

Plus you can fold it beside your bike and put the rest of your kit on it to set out your stall in the transition area…

4. Tri Suit / Runners and socks

Chances are you will already be wearing this when you leave the house because a lot of people are that prepared. If this is not your case then make sure it is in your bag. It’s extremely hard to cycle and then run a race in a wetsuit – apart from the looks and laughter it’s not going to help your times in any way…

I have churned through many different types of tri suits over the years but they will never get used if you forget to bring them with you!

Believe it or not but quite a few athletes forget their runners. You would think they would be already wearing then on the day but that is not always the case. Make sure they are packed and stick a spare pair of socks into the bag just in case.

5. Hydration / Gels / Fluids

Hydration is critical to your performance so make sure to keep an eye on this at all times. I have a bottle on my bike at all times but will often have a spare bottle with me – depending on heat conditions etc.

Not so important for short Sprint type races but for anything longer you will be using Gels or nutritional bars/chews of some description as you race. Check out our review of the best triathlon gels here. Yes, there will be vendors there on the day in case you are stuck but we don’t recommend taking anything different than the norm on race day just in case it upsets your stomach or gives you cramps. The time for experimenting is when you are training only.


 

As you can see there are many features you would expect in a decent triathlon equipment bag.  

We have tried to take a look at some of the best bags on the market from an inexpensive triathlon training bag right up to the triathlon elite bag and give you an overview as part of this review so you know what to look for.  

If you don’t find what you are looking for today then why not subscribe to our site for relevant updates or check back in again another day.

We hope you like our review and thanks for stopping by.

If you are just getting into Triathlon then why not take a look at the history of the sport and see where it came from.  It’s a great read.  You can check it out here.

Another thing you should definitely check out is the following video on how to pack you tri bag correctly. This clip is loaded with great tips

Thanks for visiting and happy racing.

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

Best Clip On Aero Bars for Triathlon 2018(Updated)

A 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.

best clip on aero bars

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 setup and provide details on some of the features of each set.

Best Clip On Aero Bars of 2018 - Profile Design T5+ Aluminum Aerobar

When it come to clip on bars for your triathlon bike Profile Design rule the roost.

Our overall choice for the best tt bars go to the new T5 aerobars.

For somebody starting out they are ideal but are also suited to seasoned professionals.

Yes they are made from aluminum but they still come in well under the weight of a lot of the competition.

best budget tt bars

Profile Design T5 review

Here’s a closer look.

aerobar build quiality

Quality: Overall quality is perfection. Profile Design have invested a lot of time and effort into getting their products just right and it definitely shows here.

Finish is exceptional and the coated bars are super strong.

The EVA pads give you plenty of support and comfort even on longer rides.

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Setup: Setting up these bars is very straightforward. 

You have a couple of options on the bar diameter, 26mm or 31.8 bars will work here.

The trick with setup is to not tighten everything up too much at the start. Leave enough slack on the bolts until you test the fir for comfort.

You may need to slide the bars along a bit in the clamps to get the bar reach spot on.

You also have optional riser clamps you can use to adjust the height of the bars. This really helps if you bike frame size is a bit off or you suffer from sore hips - move you position up a bit and you will notice the difference. 

best bar end shifters

Overall Thoughts: Every time you add something like aerobars to your bike you are increasing your aero-ability (if there is such a word).

By clipping on a set of Profile Design T5's you are getting the best budget aluminium aerobars on the market.


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Extension Shape

The bars have a nice 13° bend in the extensions to give you that ultra aero position but still give you the comfort of a ski-bend style aerobar.

Armrest Setup 

A great feature with the armrests is that the bracket to attach them is separate to the main bar bracket. This gives you plenty of additional adjusting options so you can get really comfortable.

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 on your decision process.

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

What to look out 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 these types of triathlon bars is you can swap them out fairly easily. A couple of hex head bolts are usually all that holds them onto 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 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.

Fitting Aero Bars to a Road Bike.

Most of you reading this will be looking to add clip ons to a road bike and here is a great video explaining how this is done.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gfoy8ANY3Pg

Some great tips in this video explain how to adjust your bars to suit, the type to go for maximum customisation.

In this instance, they focus in on ski type bars. These are ideal because you can adjust the length of the bar to suit you forearm length.

Another top tip is to add a piece of electrical tape to the existing handlebars before you install the extensions because if they do not suit, you don’t want to have unnecessary marks left behind.

Best Budget Clip-On Aero Bars

Preview Product Rating Price
Profile Design ZBS J-Bend Aerobars Profile Design ZBS J-Bend Aerobars 4 Reviews $129.99 $34.99
Conquer Clip-on Triathlon Aero Time Trial Tri TT Bars Conquer Clip-on Triathlon Aero Time Trial Tri TT Bars 59 Reviews from $34.95

Carbon clip-on 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 aero extension 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.

Preview Product Rating Price
Profile Design T4+ Carbon Aero Bar Profile Design T4+ Carbon Aero Bar 9 Reviews $229.99 $183.99
Profile Design Carbon Stryke Bar (All composite) Profile Design Carbon Stryke Bar (All composite) 42 Reviews $159.99

I have seen quite a few people start out with detachable 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 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 an integrated setup.

Accessories

Addition items you may need when you install clip-on bars are 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 bar benefits

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

triathlon tt barsWhen 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 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.

Disadvantages of using clip-on bar extensions

If there was one thing we could say about the disadvantages of this type of setup is that because you are shifting your weight forward on the bike you are losing some of the stability and ride comfort of the original setup.

It took me quite a while to get comfortable and feel really aero when I first installed the bars.

I had to slide my saddle forward to its limits on the saddle rail and eventually ended up getting a kicked saddle post to move me even more forward.

Road bikes are not designed for this type of setup but if you are looking for any sort of an advantage over a standard road bike set up for triathlons then installing tt bars are going to give you the best bang for your buck.

It’s the closest you will get to a full TT bike setup without having to shell out 1000’s of dollars more for a frame etc.

Any other Aero Tips

What else can you do to increase Aero potential with a road bike? There are really only two other upgrades you can get that will help you in your quest to be an aero speed champion…

After clips ons I would then look to get a decent aero bike helmet. This will really help reduce drag and can make a huge difference in split times for your bike section of the race.

The last thing I would look to upgrade is my wheels.

Aero bike wheels don’t come cheap though and can be a bit challenging in windy conditions.

I strongly suggest you go for something with a shallow enough profile to start with. 50mm deep is standard enough and will suit most conditions.

The 100mm deep tri wheels and full dish rear wheels look awesome but are a pig to use when it’s windy…

 

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.

Here is a great video showing you how to install a set of clip-on aero bars to your road bike. This handy upgrade is inexpensive but will help get you into that all-important aero position.

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 for 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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Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!

Best Triathlon Aero Bars (Updated)

best triathlon aerobarsThere is 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 aero bars.

You may then progress onto 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 2018 season

$30.00
Profile Design T3+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$229.99 from $199.99
Profile Designs T2+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$179.15
Profile Designs T2+ DL Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$109.99
Profile Designs Legacy Aero Bar, Anodized Matte Black, One Size
Profile Design Cycling Accessories - Sports
$122.99
$25.95
Profile Designs T2+ Carbon Aero Bar, White
Profile Design - Sports
$214.95 $189.00
$46.00
Profile Design T4+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$229.99 $183.99


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. Compared to a standard road bike setup the aero position feels a bit odd when you start out. Your position on the bike can play havoc with your ‘saddle’ area so it takes a bit of getting used to. Also, because you are riding in a more forward position on the bike handling becomes a bit more challenging. The benefits of riding in an aero position far outweight your comfort challenges in terms of performance though. Getting aerp shaves valuable time off your race results and is the best way to hit that next personal best.

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.

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 favourites 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.

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 Triathlon Aero Bar benefits.

This is simple really.  It comes down to aerodynamics.

When you are down in the aero position you remove 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 your size.  They are also easy to remove if you decide against riding with aero bars.

Adding a set of tri bars to your bike changes everything. Just make sure your bike is suitable for this kind of aggressive racing. Th only other addition we would make to this is to add in a decent set of wheels and tires and you are good to go.

Clip On triathlon Aero Bars

Another option available to you is to get yourself a set of clip on aero bars for a road bike and this is a great introduction into real triathlon racing. Having a more aero position helps you on race day. It’s not easy to start off with but once you get used to this position you will be glad you made the switch.

Using a set of clip ons transform your standard road bike into a racing machine – well sort of anyway. It’s definitely going to help you with race times and overall fitness.

This keeps the cost way down as you don’t have to invest in a dedicated triathlon bike when starting out and you can remove the bar extensions if they do not suit your riding style.

Sprint Distance Triathlete. Swim, Bike, Run, Fitness. IronMan is on the cards for 2018. Love the tech behind triathlon equipment and spend far too much time testing everything out so you don’t have to!!