Triathlon is an exciting multi-discipline sport involving a continuous race over various distances in the three disciplines of swimming, cycling and running. A standard triathlon is made up of a swim, followed by a cycle ride, followed by a run.
Competitors race against the clock, which starts as they enter the swim and stops as they cross the finish line after the run. For this reason, triathlon is often reported as having a 'fourth discipline' known as the transition. The transition is the point in the race when competitors change from swimming to cycling, and from cycling to running.
There is a huge array of specialist triathlon cycling equipment to help you shave off vital seconds, increase efficiency and comfort. Evans Cycles carries a wide range of triathlon orientated products for newcomers and experts alike.
Goggles are a godsend when you're swimming in a pack of enthusiastic triathletes. Being able to see what's going on is the difference between getting stuck in the pack or making a breakaway lead. Cold British open water swims mean you can't overlook wetsuits - they're compulsory with water temperatures below 14 degrees. Summer is officially the triathlon season but a full-length wetsuit can still be seen on competitors.
On the Bike
When it comes to bike shoes you have two choices running shoes with toe-clips or clipless cycling shoes. We strongly suggest the latter. The shoe attaches to the pedal enabling you to cycle with more power and fluidity; it's easier to clip out of a clipless shoe than pull your foot out of a toe clip. Triathlon shoes are designed to be worn without socks, the lining is often seamless to reduce rubbing. Material features mesh and large gills to increase ventilation and allow the feet to dry quickly after the swim.
Large velcro closure straps are also a feature and great for rapid fitting or adjustment on the go. Unlike laces they will not tangle with the chain when riding with feet out of the shoes in transitions.
A heart rate monitor is a great choice if you’re looking to improve performance. Cycle specific heart rate monitor will display your exertion as well as speed and distance travelled. If you fall in love with training by number, you can upgrade to one that has all the bells and whistles, even GPS and connects to a PC.
Feed for Speed
Deep section aero wheels are one of the most popular and effective upgrades. The deeper the rim the better it will slice through the air. While fewer and shorter spokes will reduce drag and turbulence. Deep section rims tend to be made of carbon which has great lateral stiffness, resulting in faster acceleration. Chances are the new wheels will be lighter than our old ones which will also increase your speed.
All those lovely vents in a regular cycle helmet keep you cool by channelling air to your head. Only problem this increases turbulence and drag. An aero helmet makes the head much more streamlined. The lack of vents and tear drop shape allow the air to flow over the helmet.
Recovery bars and drinks such as protein shakes are a great way to replenish energy stores, rehydrate and contain protein for repair.
This Buying Guide gives our customers general advice on Triathlon Accessories. It is a guide only and we always recommend visiting one of our stores or contacting one of the experts in our sales team on +44(0)1293 574 900 if in doubt about your needs.