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Time trial helmets are often used in triathlon to decrease wind resistance while riding in the aero position. Also called an aero helmet, these racing helmets offer a sleek design that allows the rider to be more aerodynamic, in turn potentially improving performance. The helmet is rounded at the front and comes to a point at the back of the head, creating a tail that projects from the rear. Because increased ventilation has been shown to be connected to higher drag, there are very few vents on time trial helmets. Alternatively, road bicycle helmets are generally lighter and offer increased ventilation and air circulation. Still, because of the potential for performance improvement, triathlon aero helmets are considered a step up from a road cycling helmet.Read Full Article
When it comes to cycling just for the sake of cycling or cycling for triathlons, many components contribute to fulfilling one's goals and expectations while on the bike. Among the categories that contribute to a triathlete's cycling success are the following:
When shopping for aerobars, one should take into consideration the following:
Aluminum or Carbon
As is the case with all components, aluminum components will always cost less than carbon. If you are on a budget, it may be wiser to go with aluminum aerobar extensions. Although they will cost less, they will weigh more than their carbon counterparts. Additionally, for triathlon bike courses that have many miles on straightaways that are ideal for aerobars, carbon aerobars will often dim the road vibration that one may feel while using aluminum or alloy aerobar extensions.
Extension Type - S Bends vs Straight vs Ski Slope
Another consideration when selecting aerobars is the extension type. The common options are s bends, straight extensions, and ski slope extensions. S Bends and straight extensions are a good option for riders who are looking for aggressive forward positioning. Ski slope or single bend extensions are ideal for riders who may have limited flexibility and cannot hold the aggressive position necessitated by straight or s bends.
When shopping for bicycle saddles, depending on the cyclists' needs, he or she will need a certain type of saddle.
Triathlon Bicycle Saddles
Many triathlon saddles are narrower from left to right in the rear of the saddle and have longer noses to enable a triathlete/cyclist to assume a more aggressive forward position while riding in an aero position. A longer nose on a triathlon saddle allows the rider to slide forward more which results in a more powerful pedal stroke as the rider is able to channel more weight and force into each pedal stroke.
Road Bicycle Saddles
Many road bicycle saddles are also narrow from left to right, but typically are a few millimeters wider on each side than a triathlon cycling saddle. Due to the fact that a road cyclist may have more of a need to ride a little further back at times on the saddle, the wider saddle (compared to a triathlon saddle) allows for more comfort when riding back on the saddle.
Mountain Bicycle Saddles
MTB saddles are the widest of bicycle saddles. Because mountain bike riders ride on terrain that calls for riding in many different positions, the wider saddle provides enough cushioning and a wider platform to accommodate the varying terrains. Additionally, mountain bike saddles often have the most padding / cushioning compared to triathlon saddles and road saddles.