Tri and Road Resources

Triathlon Bike or Road Bike?

Let's first consider the physical differences between triathlon bikes and road bikes and how those differences effect a rider. The obvious difference in appearance between the two bikes is their cockpits, but the more important distinction is found within the geometries of the frames.

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Why a Power Meter

You can’t improve what you can’t measure. While devices like speedometers and heart rate monitors provide useful and interesting metrics, they only measure your body’s response to work, they don’t record the actual amount of work you perform. Why is this a problem? Doing too little work means you’re not getting the maximum benefit from your workout. A too strenuous an effort and you run the risk of over training and injury. A power meter gives an athlete important insight on how to improve their training and racing. Unlike speed and heart rate, outside factors such as wind and hills do not affect power output. When power is measured, your training becomes more focused and effective. Training with power is hands down the most accurate way to measure cycling performance.

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July 19th – Basic Bike Maintenance & Shopping Night – 6 - 8pm

Any one who rides a bike should know the basics of how their bike works and the few necessary steps to maintain it. You’re preparing yourself for the big race – do the same with your bike. We’ll show you the few simple things you can do to help assure your bike is ready to carry the day. At this clinic we’ll review how your bike works; how it shifts, how to remove a wheel for transport, how to fix a flat tire and more importantly - how to avoid a flat all together. The clinic is free, but we ask that you register so that we can properly prepare for an expected number of attendees. Afterwards we’ll have staff available to explain triathlon specific clothing and accessories that will make your race day experience more enjoyable along with exclusive YWCA Triathlon pricing on much of that gear.
 

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July 26th – Basic Tri Clinic & Shopping Night – 6 - 8pm

So you’re about to take on the challenge of a triathlon… It’s a big endeavor and some of it - maybe all of it - can seem overwhelming. We’ve got answers to your many questions and can help you better prepare for race morning. We’ll have YWCA and Gear West staff along with experienced triathletes to help you prepare yourself and to understand the basic equipment you’ll want to make your day successful. You’ll learn what to expect race morning – how best to set up your transition area, conquer the swim - prevail the bike and triumph the run! The clinic is free, but we ask that you register so that we can properly prepare for an expected number of attendees. Afterwards we’ll have staff available to further explain triathlon specific clothing and accessories that will make your race day experience more enjoyable along with exclusive YWCA Triathlon pricing on much of that gear.
 

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