When it comes to race day, it’s not just about getting yourself ready. You also need to get your bike ready, so we’re going be running through a few of the main points to get your bike race ready, and we’re going be getting help from Tom. Tom is from BMC Vifit Sports’ professional triathlon team, and he is their bike mechanic. He’s going be running through the why’s and I’m gonna be running through the how’s.
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Before we get started, are there any dos and don’ts when you’re getting your bike race day ready?
Yes, the first thing I like to say is it’s important that one month or so before the race, you don’t change your position or things like that. No major changes, because it’s not good to race with a different position than you were riding before. Second thing, is when you start working on your bike, changing wheels, gears, things like that, don’t do it one day before the race, because if it’s not working out, then you might end up in a panic and a spot of trouble as you won’t have time to solve it.
Wheels – of course, wheels are important on a TT bike and triathlon bike. You might have another set for the race instead of the training wheels, so you maybe will swap them. The choice of wheels will depend on the course, the wind, how the weather conditions are looking. The guys on the team have three different kinds of wheels. They can choose between different types of rims or discs.
Tyres – There is a lot to say about tyres, but normally, if you have a second wheel set for race day, you will have also a pair of nice race tyres on it with less rolling resistance than the training tyres. There are, of course, different widths of tyres. You have the 23, 25, even sometimes 28 now, but it also depends on how the surface is where you’re racing. A wider tyre also has a better the rolling resistance.
Beyond the wheels and tyres , it’s important to check the brakes and gears on your race bike. Tom takes you through why it is important and Mark takes you through how to adjust each of these. Finally you want your bike to be quick, and to look good, so make sure you give it a good clean and polish before race day!
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