The Advantages Of A Backup Bike

  • By Aaron Hersh
  • Published Feb 21, 2013
  • Updated Jan 29, 2015 at 6:17 PM UTC

The problem: A drop of precipitation means tri bikes are shunned from the roads.

Backup plan: Rely on knobby tires to ride outside in rough weather.

Rain, snow, wind and cold are no trouble for a proper backup bike. Fat and knobby tires can grip crummy surfaces—road or trail—and riding at slower speeds helps take the sting off low temps.

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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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