, narrower bars, short-reach brake levers and wider-set, female-friendly saddles.The ContendersThe TW test team took some entry-level bikes for a serious spin in the woods above Oxford.We tested five beginner-friendly bikes in the £450-800 price bracket
When it comes to triathlon kit, the bike is likely to be your biggest single purchase. Don't be surprised if your eye is drawn toward top-of-the-range time-trial bikes with exquisitely sculpted carbon frames, swooping aero bars and deep
. In other words, a one-piece tri suit.You might be alarmed at the idea of covering yourself from knee to shoulder in skintight Lycra, but it’s a step to consider if you’re serious about triathlon. The advantages of a quick-drying, multi-purpose item
Craft Arm Warmer 3D, £25Info: craft.seSizes: XS-XXLUnlike many standard arm warmers, this pair from Craft features a variety of different fabrics placed in different positions, thereby moulding to your arm and regulating your temperature more effectively. They are thicker at the ...
When you're starting out in triathlon, one of the most important bits of kit you'll buy is your wetsuit. For those lacking a little confidence in the water, making the right choice is crucial, but even if you're comfortable ploughing through chilly
at + 5 mph average speed2 minutes at + 4 mph average speed3 minutes at + 3 mph average speed4 minutes at + 2 mph average speed5 minutes at + 1 mph average speed15 minutes easy warm-downOver-gearing strength sessionOver-gearing involves cycling in a gear
If your goal is to set a new triathlon personal best, consider purchasing a time-trial bike. These midrange models mix value and performance, and are all but guaranteed to improve your bike split. They offer aerodynamic carbon-fibre frames, reliable
Huub Aura Price: £350Buy: www.huubdesign.comAs soon as you pick up a Huub wetsuit, you know it’s a little different from the rest. Feather light (my ‘small’ weighed just 816g), the women-specific model is constructed from 3mm neoprene, markedly thinner than a typical 5mm suit. Hu...
that it doesn’t rub, sweat or slide off, either – my feet endured 20 miles of hard trail running, including numerous immersions in water, and came out unscathed. I’ll be giving it a try in my next triathlon on a sock-free run – my only worry is that my feet may
.I pulled off my shorts and took a peek: the skin was red and raw. Chafed. I had done long rides before; I'd completed a different, more difficult century; I had ridden 40K perched on my saddle in wet shorts during many triathlons. But never had I felt
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