Triathlon Magazine Canada
Cheap Thrills Under $100
You don’t have to spend hundreds to gain a little more speed and comfort – and let’s face it, anything that makes you race more comfortably can also be a performance win.
Race tires ($100)
“Too often I see fast carbon aero wheels that have bomb-proof, but slow, tires mounted [on them] that can easily offset the benefit of the aero wheels,” says Dean Phillips. Even if you aren’t riding a pricey aero wheelset, you can gain speed by trading the Gatorskins for a faster-rolling set of race tires.
Clip-on aerobars ($100)
If a tri bike isn’t in your budget, you can give your roadie more tri functionality by adding a set of accessory aerobars. By getting yourself in a more aerodynamic position, you can save upwards of 90 seconds on a 40-km course.
Tinted goggles ($20)
You probably use clear goggles in the pool, but in open water, tinted goggles make a world of difference. They help with sun glare and allow you to spot buoys much more easily. And straighter swimming is faster swimming.