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?

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 68 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 Designs T4+ Carbon Aero Bar Profile Designs T4+ Carbon Aero Bar 15 Reviews $229.99 $219.97
Profile Designs Carbon Stryke Bar (All Composite) Profile Designs Carbon Stryke Bar (All Composite) 46 Reviews $199.99 $184.99

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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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 Designs T3+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$229.99 from $199.99
$42.00
Profile Designs T2+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$229.99 from $187.99
Profile Designs T2+ DL Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$119.99
Profile Designs Legacy Aero Bar, Anodized Matte Black, One Size
Profile Design Cycling Accessories - Sports
$122.99
Profile Designs T2+ Carbon Aero Bar, White
Profile Design - Sports
$227.70
$10.02
Profile Designs T4+ Carbon Aero Bar
Profile Design - Sports
$229.99 $219.97


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.

continental bike tires

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, tubular tires for triathlon 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 thing is for certain.  If you need a tire you can rely on then continental is top of the list.


Continental Bike Tires – Which one’s for you

Your 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 out of 5 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 gives you confident grip on the road.  These are the best tires for a 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 out of 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 out of 5 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 bulletproof 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 favourite with cyclists the world over.

They come with the puncture resistant Duraskin which helps prevent punctures due to sidewall 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 practising 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 is slim.


If you have a favourite 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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bike seats for men

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.

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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

$33.50
Giro Air Attack Shield Bike Helmet - Red/Black Small
309 Reviews
Giro Air Attack Shield Bike Helmet - Red/Black Small
  • FEATURES : Optical shield w/ magnetic attachment (Gray/Silver Flash included. Clear/Silver Flash available), Wind tunnel aided design, Removable X-Static comfort padding, Featherweight webbing with Slimline buckle
  • CONSTRUCTION : In-Mold polycarbonate shell with EPS liner
  • FIT SYSTEM : Roc Loc Air
  • VENTILATION : 6 vents, internal channeling
  • Toy
Giro Advantage 2 Road Bike Helmet
24 Reviews
Giro Advantage 2 Road Bike Helmet
  • In-Mold construction reinforces the area around the vents and ribs, creating a one-piece exoskeleton, which allows the helmet to be lighter, more durable and better ventilated than traditional designs
  • 5 Wind Tunnel vents with internal channels thrust cool, fresh air over and around your head while forcing heat and stale air out
  • Quite possibly the best-fitting retention system you've ever experienced, the Roc Loc 5 easily adjusts both fit tension and vertical position with a single hand, plus it's 40% lighter than its popular predecessor, Roc Loc 4
  • Includes waterslide graphics
  • Certified CPSC
$86.00
Bell Javelin Time Trial/Triathlon Helmet
45 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 TT Aero Helmet - Black
14 Reviews
GRAY Triathlon/Time Trial TT Aero Helmet - Black
  • Weighs 345 grams, One size fits all
  • 4-Vent internal channeling, CPSC approved, Chin strap protector
  • Drag: 3.306, Drag @ 25 mph : 3.260, Drag Coefficient: 0.2465
  • Flexible side panels, DuraShell in-mold construction
  • Lifetime crash replacement warranty
$15.00
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
$118.48
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
$40.00
Lazer Tardiz TT and Tri Helmet: Black; LG
2 Reviews
Lazer Tardiz TT and Tri Helmet: Black; LG
  • Large Fits: 56-61cm
  • Magic buckle magnetic closure system for faster transitions
  • Patented Rollsys fit system with vertically adjustable head basket
  • Aquapad front pad for comfort and sweat channeling
Bell Star Pro Shield Helmet-Retina Sear/White Blur-Medium
124 Reviews
Bell Star Pro Shield Helmet-Retina Sear/White Blur-Medium
  • Details:Active Aero Technology inspired by Motorcycle Aerodynamic principlesOverbrow Ventilation: 13 Active Aero Vents, 2 Over brow ventsX-Static Padding that uses Progressive Layering TechnologyMagnetic Ziess Shield Color: Smoke

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.


 

Best Sunglasses for Triathlon in 2017 (Updated)

best sunglasses for triathlonOne item that I swear by is my trusty sunglasses.  Whether it’s out on the bike section or during the run these are a must.  

There is nothing worse that getting a stray fly or a bit of grit in your eyes when you are flying down the road on your bike.  It’s hard enough to keep the pace as it is without having to perform some minor eye surgery while going at 50 kilometres an hour on your tri bike.  

Or when you are out on the run section of the race and are in the zone.  You don’t want to have to worry about something as simple as dirt in you eyes impacting a chance to get a personal best…

You might be lucky enough to have a built-in visor on your helmet that removes the need for sunglasses for cycling.  

You can check out some of our Giro triathlon helmets if that is a requirement.  If not then you should invest in a quality pair of sports sunglasses as a priority.


Our Top 10 Triathlon Sunglasses for 2017


Best Sunglasses for Triathlon,Running and Cycling

Not all sunglasses are equal and when looking for a decent pair you want to make sure they stay in place while you are active.  These come in the modern style of wrap around sunglasses.  

Face hugging frames make sure they stay in place while you are head down cycling out on the course or track, or bouncing down the road during the final run section of any race.

Let’s take a look at out top Three sunglasses for running


First up are the superb entry level Xloop Silver Sunglasses.  If you are looking for a pair of sunglasses on a budget then you can’t go wrong with these little beauties.  

For something, at this low price point, these are a great start.  

When starting out I didn’t really have a proper place to store all my triathlon gear so things tended to get smashed a fair bit.  At this price, they were great because I bought a few pairs to keep me going.

They have both plastic frames and plastic lenses that are not polarised.  But again for the money what do you expect.  All in all a great entry level pair of sports glasses and should be part of your kit from day one, and also as you progress – even as a spare pair.

All in all a great entry level pair of sports glasses and should be part of your kit from day one, and also as you progress – even as a spare pair.


Next up are the Tifosi Tyrant 2.0’s.  These sports running and cycling sunglasses are top quality and come with all the features you would expect from Tifosi.

The Tifosi brand set out with the mantra that you should have all the features of a really expensive pair of sports sunglasses without the astronomical price point.  And this still stands today.  

The Tyrant glasses have managed to capture this.  Solid on your face when running on the trails, yet lightweight and super comfy when riding the bike.

If you are looking for quality without spending the life savings then these are the sports sunglasses for you.


The final pair we want to review are the Oakley Mens Half Jacket 2.0 Iridium Sunglasses.  With Oakley you never have to worry about quality.  They are at the pinnacle of sunglasses design and produce world class leading kit.

The Iridium coating on the lenses is designed to reflect bright light and aid your vision when running or cycling into the sun.  The curved shape of the lenses helps these little beauties from Oakley stay firmly in place on your face when active and although a bit pricier than the other brands we have mentioned above will provide that extra you need on race or competition day.


Looking after your triathlon sunglasses.

Like everything, if you don’t look after your sunnies they will get damaged, scratched or broken just when you need them the most. A lot of things happen during a race that can cause you to ‘forget’ about the little things. 

For instance:

You don’t wear your sunglasses when you are swimming and they are left in the transition area. Make sure they are stored somewhere safe because the chances are that somebody will hit transition before you and if you leave them lying on the ground beside your bike they may get squashed as another athlete runs by with his bike.

I have a set of carbon TT bars on my bike and when racked I flip my helmet and leave it resting on the bars. I put my sunnies inside this to keep them safe. I don’t have a visor on my helmet as I prefer wearing sunglasses when racing.

Stick on your sunnies, then your helmet and off you go. 

Chances are you will continue to wear these for the run section of the race it’s just a matter of taking off your helmet, changing into your runners and off you go again.

Post Race – Cleaning your sunglasses

After the race, it’s important to give your sunglasses a good cleaning with a soft chamois to remove any dirt or grime. If like me you sweat a lot when racing so they are going to be pretty rough when you hit the finish line.

This is especially important if your swim was in the ocean because you will be leaching salt and this can really affect the condition of the lenses if not cleaned off properly.

Any decent set of triathlon glasses will come with their own case so pop them back into this and put them away until the next race comes around. 

If you want to wear them all the time then I suggest you get yourself a second pair and keep one pair locked away for racing only because even with the best will in the world you will eventually break them, so don’t leave yourself stuck on race day.


You can check out the full range of sports cycling and running sunglasses here on Amazon. Why Amazon?? Best prices and guaranteed quality every time.

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Best Cycling Gloves

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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…

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[/vc_list_item][/vc_column_inner][/vc_row_inner][/vc_column][vc_column width=”1/2″][vc_spacer size=”100px”][vc_heading title=”Castelli Pro Gloves” color=”#444444″ position=”left”][vc_column_text]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.

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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.

 

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$10.09
Castelli Free Cycling Glove (Black/Red, X-Large)
Castelli - Misc.
$39.99 from $29.90

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[/vc_list_item][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-check” icon_color=”#81d742″]Throw them in the washing machine and they are as good as new…

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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

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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.

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$15.02
Giro Bravo Gloves, Black, Large
GIRO - Sports
$21.99 from $6.97

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[/vc_list_item][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-check” icon_color=”#81d742″]Breathable so hands stay happy

[/vc_list_item][/vc_column_inner][vc_column_inner width=”1/2″][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-times” icon_color=”#dd3333″]The velcro strap detail de-laminates but a bit of glue and away you go again.

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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.

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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…

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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.

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[/vc_list_item][vc_list_item icon_name=”fa-check” icon_color=”#81d742″]Conductive thumb and index finger tips for smartphone use.

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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…)

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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…

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Pearl Izumi - Ride Men's Elite Softshell Glove, Black, Large
Pearl iZUMi Ride - Sports Apparel
from $19.99

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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.

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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.

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$20.40
Gore Bike Wear Men's Power Soft Shell Windstopper Gloves (Black/Red, X-Large)
Gore Bike Wear - Sports Apparel
$79.95 from $59.55

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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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2015 kestrel talon

2015 Kestrel Talon

 Review of the Kestrel Talon 2015

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We are always on the look out for top value products and the 2015 Kestrel Talon Tri bike is no exception.  Built from quality components and a brand you can trust, you would be mad to pass up the opportunity to own one of these awesome machines.

The 2015 Kestrel Talon Tri-Shimano 105 Carbon Fiber Bike is a new offering from Kestrel Bikes.  This is a dual position road and triathlon bike designed for both the road warrior and avid triathlete.

What this means is you can transition from triathlon back to normal road use if you decide that the sport of Triathlon is not for you in the long run.

This will also save you quite a bit of money because some of the dedicated tri bikes cost substantially more than a normal road going bike.

The beauty of this bike is because of some of the superb features its like buying two bikes for the price of one.


Features of the 2015 Kestrel Talon

First up we will look at the frame.  This is a full carbon frame made up of a blend of both 700k and 800k High Modulus Carbon Fiber.  Have a look around and see if you can get a full carbon bike of this quality for the same sort of money and you will see the value of this bike straight away.

Design wise Kestrel followed on from the proven designs of previous models without swaying too much from the original A2 Wind Tunnel designed bike.  This slick aero frame is designed with speed in mind.  Another feature that you only see on high end bikes.


kestrel talon 2015Next, we will take a look at the seat post and saddle setup.  It comes with the awesome Kestrel tri post with adjustable rails and sliders.

This means you can move the saddle about to suit both normal road use and then adjust into a more aggressive angle for full aero triathlon use.  This in itself is awesome.  The saddle is by Oval concepts – the 300 Tri with Satin Rails –  Oval Concepts are a brand that you will see all the time in Triathlon circles and a brand you can rely on.

This saddle is designed for triathlon racing and aero setups but suits perfectly if you want to just switch back to normal road use because of the adjustable slider on the seatpost.


2015 Talon Aerobar Setup

2015 kestrel talonNext, we are going to look at the aero bar and handlebar setup.  The new 2015 Tri bike from Kestrel comes complete with dedicated Oval Concepts clip on aero bars and a tri specific base bar.

This is perfect for both triathlon and road use.

The 11 speed FSA Metron bar end shifters coupled with the Shimano 105 gear setup provide a very smooth gear change.

Because of the quality of these components, they should remain hassle free and require very limited maintenance for quite a while.  This is great when you are getting in triathlon because you might not yet have the skills to perform your own bike repairs.


Kestrel Talon Wheel setup

2015 kestrel talon wheelsThe 2015 Talon sports the Oval Concept 327’s.

These wheels make for a very comfortable ride quality with super-smooth sealed bearings.  They are designed for both road and triathlon use with a 27mm deep rim and a 22mm wide setting, all tied into an Oval sealed cartridge.

The tires are the Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700 x 23c Folding tires which will give you maximum grip and stability on the road.

This particular wheel setup is exactly what you need for both speed and safety on either triathlon race day or just out for a nice long ride on the road.


Main Features Recap

  • The 2015 Kestrel Talon was designed in the A2 Wind Tunnel with aerodynamic tubing that gives the Kestrel Talon extraordinary speed on race day.
  • The frame is made from a blend of 800K and 700K carbon fiber for the frame and fork which gives the bike the perfect combination of lightweight and stiffness.
  • This is an awesome feature of the Kestrel – Dual-platform geometry for a stable ride with both road and triathlon configuration.
  • Kestrel EMS Pro seatpost adjusts from 80 to 72 degree giving you the perfect set up for both road and triathlon use.

Here is an overview from Kestrel themselves on some of the features of the 2015 Talon range.


 

           
 
Kestrel Talon Details
 
   
   
Color(s) Satin Black and Charcoal w/ Charcoal and Red  
 
Frameset  
   
   
Sizes 48cm, 52cm, 55cm, 57cm, 60cm  
Main frame Blend of 700K & 800K High Modulus Carbon Fiber  
Rear triangle 700K Carbon Fiber With Replaceable Derailleur Hanger  
Fork EMS Pro SL Aero, Full Carbon, 1 1/8″ – 1 1/4″
Tapered Alloy Steerer
 
 
Wheels  
   
   
Wheelset Oval Concepts 327 wheelset, 700c, 20/24H, cartridge bearing
hubs
 
Tires Vittoria Zaffiro Pro 700 x 23c Folding  
 
Drivetrain  
   
   
Crankset Oval Concepts 520 Alloy Compact 50/34T  
Bottom bracket Oval Concepts Integrated, External Bearings  
Front derailleur Shimano 105, Braze-on  
Rear derailleur Shimano 105, 11-sp  
Shifters FSA Metron bar end, 11 sp  
Cassette SunRace, 11-28T  
Chain KMC X11, 11-sp  
 
Components  
   
   
Brake set Tektro Dual Pivot  
Brake levers Oval Concepts 701  
Headset FSA Integrated, 1 1/8″ Top, 1 1/4″ Bottom with 15mm
Top Cover
 
Handlebar Oval Concepts 350 6061
Alloy Base Bar, Oval Concepts 750 Clip On Ergo Bend Extensions
 
Stem Oval Concepts 313 6061 3D-forged Alloy, 31.8mm +/- 6 degrees  
Saddle Oval Concepts 300 Tri w Satin Steel Rails  
Seat post Kestrel EMS Pro w/ Ritchey Clamp System  
 
Accessories  Kestrel Suede Tape

 

Kestrel Talon Frame Sizes

         
   
FRAME SIZE 48cm 52cm 55cm 57cm 60cm
Seat Tube, Center to Center 50.5 54.5 57.5 59.5 62.5
Top Tube, Center to Center 51 53.3 55.6 57 59.5
Head Tube 9 10.2 12.9 14.9 17.6
Seat Tube Angle 75.5° 74.5° 73.5° 73° 72.5°
Forward Seatpost Effective Angle 78.5° 77.5° 76.5° 76° 75.5°
Head Tube Angle 72.7° 73° 73.5° 73.5° 74°
Chain Stay 41 41 41 41 41
Wheel Base 96.3 97.4 98.6 99.4 100.8
Bottom Bracket Height 26.4 26.4 26.4 26.6 26.6
Bottom Bracket Drop 71 71 71 68 68
Stand Over Height, at Top Tube Center 74.2 76.5 79.1 81.2 83.9
Fork Rake 43 43 43 43 43
Trail 58.4 57.1 55.3 54.1 51
Front Center 56.4 57.5 58.6 59.3 60.8
Reach 37.4 38.8 39.3 39.7 40.9
Stack 50.8 52.2 54.8 56.5 59.3

Thanks for taking the time to read this review.  We had great success with the 2014 model of the Talon and are expecting similar if not better results with the 2015 model.  If you have invested in one of these bikes then let us know.  Feedback from our readers is critical to the success of this review.

If you are on the market for a new entry-level triathlon bike or looking for a dual-purpose road and triathlon bike then you can’t go wrong with the new Talon from Kestrel bikes.

Thanks for stopping by our site.  If you found this post valuable then please hit one of the share buttons.  We really appreciate your support.

 

 

spin class shoes

Spin Class Shoes

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The first time I tried a pair of proper spin class shoes I was amazed at the difference.

 

I have been spinning for years but never thought to invest in a dedicated pair.

 

I had always used my normal gym runners on the spin bike.  Now I won’t go to a spin class without my spin shoes – And here is why…

 

Spin Class Shoes – The Benefits of Indoor Bike Shoes

 

When you pedal a bike with normal shoes you only produce power on the downward motion of each pedal stroke.  By introducing the correct pair of indoor bike shoes you can now produce power at the full 360-degree motion.

 

The second notable feature is the stiffness of the indoor spinning shoes.  The shoe design has a very solid and stiff base.  This allows you to transfer all you power to the pedal on each stroke.  Standard trainers will flex and mould around the small pedal and you will leak power every time.

 

The next feature you need to look out for in the grips on the sole.  Standard bike shoes tend to be very smooth on the base and have rubber grippers on the toe and heel only.  Because you are wearing these shoes in the gym and potentially training in them after the spin class you need something suitable.

 

If you look at these awesome shoes from Pearl Izumi you will notice that apart from looking really cool they have a trainer like sole.  This really helps you get around in the gym.  You can also look to mountain bike shoes for the same reasons.  They take the same cleats and will also have decent rubber soles.


Best Women’s Shoes for Spin Class



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One thing that is very often overlooked when you buy a new pair of indoor spin shoes is a set of cleats.  These cleats are what binds your shoe to the pedals and are a necessity if you decide to invest in proper spin shoes.  The Shimano SM-SH56 SPD Cleat Set is the best option out there and comes in at a very reasonable price.

 

Here is a quick video as well to show you how to install the cleats yourself.




If you have a favorite pair of spin class shoes or some other vital bit of gym kit 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 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 you friends.
 
Thanks for stopping by and happy spinning.
 
Be sure to check out our best triathlon gear homepage for all the latest reviews and deals available online today

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Bike Shorts for Men

Best Bike Shorts for Mens Triathlons

Wearing the correct bike shorts for cycling is critical as they are designed to provide compression and comfort on every ride.  Whether its long or short journeys you need to definitely consider cycling shorts that have a padded chamois.

This ingenious device provides superb comfort in the saddle and once you have tried a reputable pair of bike shorts you will never look back. Our bike shorts for men reviewed products below should give you a view of what is on offer for male cyclists and a breakdown of some of the features you would expect in a quality pair of men’s cycling shorts.


We have tried to break this selection down into a couple of groups. Entry level shorts from some of the top brands and then go on to more expensive styles like the men’s bib cycling shorts.

If you are starting out in the world of cycling then you might want to go for a cheaper pair until you get ‘hooked’ on the sport.  The Canari Mens bike shorts below are a great pair to get you started

Bike Shorts Men – Top quality without the price

3.7 out of 5 stars

4 out of 5 stars

4.7 out of 5 stars

4.7 out of 5 stars


bike shorts menAs you progress into the ‘addiction’ that is cycling and triathlon you should really consider upping the standard of you gear.  You will be now either competing in longer distance races or at least training harder to boost your endurance, so quality bike shorts are now a must.

You will have to pay a bit more for some of these shorts but the quality and comfort of a really good pair of men’s bike shorts is worth the additional cost.  Because of your increased level of training you want something durable and strong enough to cope with the additional use.

When you start to look at the higher end of bike shorts for men you can pay anything up to three hundred dollars for a pair.

We highly recommend the Castelli shorts with the built in straps below.  These really are a top quality pair of shorts and you will stand out when you are in the crown with these beauties.

4.2 out of 5 stars

4.6 out of 5 stars

4.8 out of 5 stars

4 out of 5 stars

Best Mens Bike Shorts – Features Galore.

 

If you have a favorite 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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Thanks for stopping by and checking out our mens bike shorts review.  Enjoy a pair today and happy cycling.