Bike Smarter To Run Stronger

  • By Rich Strauss
  • Published Aug 6, 2013
  • Updated Aug 26, 2015 at 9:07 AM UTC
Photo: Nils Nilsen

Pitfall #3: Choosing an improper gear combo for your race

Many triathletes are unaware of the best gearing for their specific bike course, showing up with too hard of a gear and wind up wearing out their leg muscles to grind up the hills. Ask an experienced triathlete friend for recommended gearing for your race course, or e-mail us (—we’re happy to help! Once you have the right gearing, simply search YouTube for videos demonstrating how to change a cassette (it’s so easy!).

RELATED: Understanding Your Bike’s Gears

Rich Strauss is the co-owner of Endurance Nation, a coaching outfit that has trained more than 5,000 athletes since 2007.

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