How To Make Your Triathlon Bike More Comfortable

Published on October 21st 2018


Holding an aerodynamic position on a triathlon or time trial bike can be uncomfortable, but with the correct fit and components it doesn't have to be. Aero bars are a completely different fit and position than a normal road bike, but allow you ride faster and further. Mark shows you how to make your aero position comfortable. Subscribe to GTN: Check out the GTN Shop: Spending time setting up your position dialled will pay dividends in speed. Having the right saddle height and position is really important, and can be very different from your road bike. The general rule of thumb is that you should raise your saddle and move it slightly forwards. Dedicated time trial or triathlon saddles are available which offer better comfort in the different position. As ever with saddles though, saddle choice can be very personal. Ultimately use the saddle that works for you. Mastering aero bars is one of the biggest improvements you can make, but they take time and patience to set up correctly. The great thing about aero bars is that they can be endlessly tweaked in the pursuit of speed. The poles and base-bar can be easily moved fore and aft, and the poles rotated to suit your particular position. Setting the width of the poles and pads is a trade off between comfort, control and speed. You will find that as you become more experienced at riding in the aero tuck you will be able to comfortably move your elbow pads closer together to become more aerodynamic. Additionally on aero bars it is important to not feel too stretched out as this will not only be an uncomfortable position but will also give you less control at speed. Lastly lower tyre pressure will take some of the harshness out of the ride, and also add some grip in corners. Don't forget though that to be really comfortable on your aero bike you have to spend time riding in the position and working on your core so that you can maintain the aero tuck. Maybe get a friend to video you riding in the position so you can look at it and make changes accordingly. If you enjoyed this video, make sure to give it a thumbs up and share it with your friends. 👍 Submit your content here: If you'd like to contribute captions and video info in your language, here's the link - Watch more on GTN... 📹 Comfort vs Aero | 📹 Clip On Aero Bars vs Drops | Music: Epidemic Sound Backlash (Instrumental Version) - Da Tooby Boogie Man - Mo Stacks December Madness - Damma Beatz Mitsuwa - SINY Motor Town - Da Tooby Photos: © Triathlon / Getty Images