Pro Transition Tricks: Save Seconds By Setting Your Bike Like A Pro

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Mar 26, 2012
  • Updated Aug 24, 2012 at 12:36 PM UTC
Luke Bell tapes a Powerbar, still in the wrapper, to his basebar. Photo: Aaron Hersh

Stash extra nutrition on the bike

Luke Bell straps a Powerbar to his basebar with simple electrical tape. It sits flush against the deep portion of the bar’s airfoil shape. Rachel McBride tapes gel packs to her aerobar extensions that she can tear off the bar while riding. Ironman Melbourne champ Caroline Steffen sets a small jug of Assos chamois cream on her saddle for a race with an extraordinarily long bike leg. She also keeps pills, presumably electrolytes, taped to her top tube behind her stem. Her gels are stashed in a topless water bottle secured in her rear hydration system, which can be grabbed while ridding without removing the bottle.

Do it yourself: Mashing a Powerbar onto the toptube was commonplace about twenty years ago, but there are other, more hygienic ways to bring extra food. Try taping your extras to parts of the frame or aerobars that are both accessible while riding and hidden from the wind by another part of the bike. If you have an extra water bottle cage on your bike, try leaving nutrition in the bottle without a top. And, no littering.

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Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh

Aaron Hersh is the Senior Tech Editor of Triathlete magazine. To submit a question, write Aaron at

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