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C Nissim Amateur 9 posts since
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Jul 9, 2008 2:00 PM

Using a Mtn Bike

 

I'm getting ready for my first tri (sprint distance) and only have a mountain bike.  Does anyone have suggestions for technique and what an average pace would be for 15 - 20 mile rides?  thanks

 

 

  • Fmerrittmiller Rookie 3 posts since
    Jul 9, 2008
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    1. Jul 9, 2008 2:45 PM (in response to C Nissim)
    Re: Using a Mtn Bike

     

    I'm getting ready for my first duathlon and only have a mountain bike. 

     

     

    I hear you can change out the tires and that helps.  I'm interested to hear what the vets think.

     

     

  • Active.com Staff 1,559 posts since
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    2. Jul 9, 2008 4:06 PM (in response to C Nissim)
    Re: Using a Mtn Bike

    Is the MTB full-sus, front-sus or a hardtail?

     

    Getting slicks will give you more speed for sure.

     

    Not sure about pace





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  • supergirl29 Amateur 8 posts since
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    3. Jul 9, 2008 4:57 PM (in response to C Nissim)
    Re: Using a Mtn Bike

    hi - i am in the same boat as you, training for my first sprint on a mountain bike. i switched my tires to slicks as suggested here and notice a difference in speed. im not speedracer or anything, but its better than the heavier tires. i notice i have to be more careful now on gravel and rocky areas - i didn't think of that when i switched, and im not used to not being able to just ride whereever i want and not worry about falling. otherwise, it was a worthwhile switch.

  • Active.com Staff 1,559 posts since
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    4. Jul 10, 2008 9:12 AM (in response to supergirl29)
    Re: Using a Mtn Bike

    Depending on what type of suspension you have, its beneficial to make your shocks as stiff as possible while riding on the road during training and racing so your energy isn't absorbed and wasted





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  • Active.com Staff 1,559 posts since
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    6. Jul 10, 2008 10:44 AM (in response to C Nissim)
    Re: Using a Mtn Bike/new: Under Armour for swimming
    Carol Nissim wrote:

     

    Hi, thanks for the feedback.  A friend has some slick wheels and I'm going to try them.  I don't think there is any springy-type suspension.  The bike is a Specialized 21-speed I bought for my son as a boy/adolescent.  It has a smaller frame but full size wheels so now that he's tooling around in his car, I can use it!

     

     

    Next issue: does anybody know if the new Under Armour Extreme Heat wear is quick-drying enough for swimming?  They have an excellent support bra for us older gals.

     

     

     

    One thing to make sure with the bike is that the seat is adjusted correctly to your height. You may want to stop by your LBS (local bike shop) to get fitted correctly so you're not wasting valuable energy or risking knee injury.

     

    Under armor extreme heat wear should be fine. Their products are built with moisture management in mind. You'll be sweating lots anyways. I'm pretty confident that it'll do its job





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