Swim - Bike - Run - Beginner Triathlete Basics - Race Day - Triathlon Events - FAQ - About - Contact - Home
 
Hybrid Bikes for Triathlons

I do not own a road bike, I have a hybrid, leasure bike.  Can I use this for my first triathlon to see if I enjoy the event without making a big bike purchase?

Sarah from Michigan

---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

Hi Sarah,
Thank you for contacting TriathaNewbie.com!

Great question! Yes, you can use a hybrid bike for your fist mini-triathlon, but there is some education you need before you actually decide if that's what you want to do. As long as you know the capacity of what you are using, we think you can make a good decision for yourself.

Mountain bikes and road bikes are very different creatures. Mountain bikes are heavier, have fatter tires for grip, have fewer gears and aren't very aerodynamic. Road bikes are light weight, have low gears for steep hills and you are seated aerodynamically.

The hybrid is basically a mountain bike crossed with a road bike. The tires and gears are more like a mountain bike and the seat allows you to sit up a bit more straight then a racing bike. Those things will slow you down a bit because the tires are a bit fatter, the gears don't go as low as the racing bikes and you are not very aerodynamic. BUT, it's a very comfortable, it's lighter than a mountain bike (because the rims and spokes are designed like a racing bike) and if you are testing the mini-tri waters, it's a great alternative to going out to buy a new bike.

Let us know how your race goes!

Be well,
Jack

Jack Shaw
TriathaNewbie.com

Protect Your Noggin
Follow Us on Twitter Follow us on Facebook Triathanewbie.com SiteMap
Great Triathlon Links
Submit a triathlon
Find a Triathlon
Share your Triathlon Story

Triathlon SwimTriathlon Swim
-
Get the low-down on gear and read tips for training and events.

Triathlon BikeTriathlon Bike - Learn how to structure bike workouts, find safety tips and read recommendations on great bike gear.

Triathlon RunTriathlon Run - Get the ultimate skinny on running sneakers, running gear, safety tips and much more.

Beginner Triathlete Basics

Why should I Compete in a Triathlon?

How do I Train for a Triathlon?

What do I Wear for a Triathlon?

What happens on Race Day?

What are Average Triathlon Times?

Other Triathlon Tips
Triathlon Stories to Inspire You
"First Triathlon" Stories
Read stories written by people like YOU who talk about their first triathlon.
  Triathlete Profile
Read interviews of people like YOU who give advice on training, balance and much more.

There are Newbies Starting Triathlons Every Day. Today Just Happens to be YOUR Day!

Triathlon Key: E equals Events, I equals Inspirational, N equals Nutrition, ? equals Question and R equals Resource

SWIM
RESOURCES
 
BIKE
RESOURCES
RUN
RESOURCES
Triathlon ResourcePennsylvania Triathlon - Connellsville Parks and Recreation Triathlon - Great sprint triathlon for beginners!

Triathlon ResourceNew York Triathlon - Brooklyn Sports Club Mini Indoor Triathlon - This unique indoor event is perfect for first-timers
Triathlon QuestionIs My Bike Ready for a Triathlon? ...My concern is I will start ramping up my training and my bike won't last...

Triathlon QuestionBuying a Triathlon Bike - Learn how to buy the right bike without breaking the bank from experts in the field

Triathlon QuestionRunning: Good for the Body and the Brain - Could running make you smarter? The answer may surprise you.

Triathlon QuestionWalking Instead of Running in a Triathlon - The race promoters presented an award to a 69 year old female who had had 2 knee replacements...
  More Triathlon Swim Resources >>     More Triathlon Bike Resources >>     More Triathlon Run Resources >>  
     
TRIATHLON
EVENTS
BEGINNER TRIATHLON STORIES
MORE TRIATHLON RESOURCES
 

Triathlon EventNew York Triathlon - Brooklyn Sports Club Mini Indoor Triathlon - This unique indoor event is perfect for first-timers

Triathlon EventGeorgia Triathlon - Tri for the Shelter Sprint Triathlon - USAT sanctioned, This triathlon takes place in the gorgeous Rocky Mountain Recreation...

    Triathlon InspirationMy First Triathlon, Nicholas D'Angelo - It was the end of my life as I knew it and the beginning of the beginning. I decided that I wanted to live. I wanted to be a better husband, father, son, brother, uncle, and friend...

Triathlon InspirationFirst Triathlon Story - Greg H. from Texas - just to raise your arms at the finish line and know that you accomplished a triathlon is such a great feeling.
   

Triathlon ResourceAge Groups - Can you tell me why the age groups are 25 to 34 ... while most races use 20 to 29, 30 to 39, and 40 to 49?

Triathlon ResourceWhat to Wear for a Triathlon - Is it insane to think I can bike/run in shorts and a sports bra that I swam in?

  More Triathlon Events >>     More Beginner Triathlon Stories >>     More Triathlon Resources >>  
 

Tritahlon Swim - Triathlon Bike - Triathlon Run - Triathlon Race Day -Triathlon FAQ
Triathlon Events - Contact - SiteMap - Home ---- Back to Top

Copyright © 2008 TriathaNewbie.com; Content and images are the property of TriathaNewbie.com and may NOT be copied or
reproduced for any reason without the written permission of TriathaNewbie.com. The information on this website is the opinion of TriathaNewbie.com
and the opinion of its contributing writers. We offer this website as testimony to our experiences. Please consult your
doctor before following any advice, training solutions, health/nutrition solutions or injury recovery solutions listed on this website.
Outside Links: The website owner is solely responsible for all content.

Web design and illustrations provided by Click-on-Nik.com.