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Balancing Aerodynamics And Power In Your Triathlon Bike Fit

  • By Aaron Ross
  • Published May 13, 2013
  • Updated Nov 6, 2013 at 11:52 PM UTC
Move water bottles from the frame to behind the saddle and in between the aerobars to minimize drag. Photo: Kurt Hoy

Key 2: Pay attention to accessories.
Testing in a wind tunnel is the definitive way to pick the equipment that works best with your body. When we do aerodynamic testing, we look at helmet options, clothes, and nutrition and hydration placement. Buying a top-level frame can reduce drag, but the cost per second saved is much higher than tuning accessories. Although testing an individual in the wind tunnel is the best way to find the ideal combination, some general trends apply to many athletes. Tight clothing is crucial, and in many cases two-piece suits are as fast or faster than one-pieces. Locating water bottles high behind or in a horizontal bottle cage between the forearms is another way to save drag.

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