If the bike you have is a road bike then it will be absolutely fine for a triathlon, as would a mountain bike or a hybrid if it is your firstIf you want to fit tri bars then this may make the bike (and you) a bit quicker ... I certainly wouldnt hire a TT bike unless I could have ridden it a few times befire the race
Whats the distance of the tri you are doing ?
Hi, I have been time-trialling (and the odd tri) for 21 years now and I think a couple of questions could help:
1. Have you ever used tri-bars - they take getting used to. If you buy some, do it sooner not later. Practice.
2. Are you supple - if you aren't able to hold a tucked position for a length of time, tri-bars won't be much help. I've seen so many people fit them really high on the bars, so they don't actually offer an aero advantage and simply obstruct clear breathing/add weight.
Have a look at: http://www.sheldonbrown.com/rinard/aero/aerodynamics.htm for other ways to get aero. Moving your water bottle to behind your seat is cheaper and has more advantage than aero bars. So does an aero helmet.
Your bike is more than fine - it will be one of the better bikes, I'm sure! I would focus on cadence and keeping low/comfortable. Good luck!
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