Converting Triathlon Bike to Road Bike...

Hi,

I recently purchased a Triathlon bike with every intention of using it for competitions, but as a result of injury I can cycle but not run, so wont be competing any time soon.

I am therefore considering converting my Tri-bike into a road bike so I can get more use out of it on the roads.

Has anyone got any experience and/or advice they can offer?

Thanks

Comments

  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,177
    Just start calling it your road bike.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
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  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    Does it have drop bars or TT stylee bars?

    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • Dorset_Boy
    Dorset_Boy Posts: 7,094
    Swap the bars out and remove the bottle holder from behind your ass.......
    and buy and wear some socks.
  • I bought a Dolan Scala frame on Facebook marketplace and used this to build a full mechanical ultegra drop handle bar bike.

    It rides well but can be a little twitchy.
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    Dirty Lefty Taurine
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  • Hi @MattFalle , I have TT style bars... I don't know if I'm wrongly assuming it is a simply case of swapping the TT bars for Road bike handlebars
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  • hi @langtounboy, thanks for the picture. When you say twitchy I assume you mean through the corners?

    It is my only concern other than the drops being a little low.
  • Hi @corporate.lift1 I think it's twitchy in the corners because the frame was a little small for me & i had to use a longer stem to get the reach.

    It's reasonably simple, bars, shifters, stem. The hardest part is the internal re-cabling.
    JOGLE Cube Aree GTC Pro -DONE
    Summer Commuter Single Speed 90 gear"
    Winter Commuter Badboy Lefty Single Speed
    Hack Lefty with slicks
    Dirty Lefty Taurine
    Giant FCR2 not compact anymore + mods. STOLEN.
  • Munsford0
    Munsford0 Posts: 630
    Swapping TT type bars for conventional drops is the easy bit. Recabling everything can be a faff. What kind of shifters and brakes does it have?
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    Errr - whats going on there?


    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644

    Hi @MattFalle , I have TT style bars... I don't know if I'm wrongly assuming it is a simply case of swapping the TT bars for Road bike handlebars
    .

    Ciao

    Yeah - old bars off, new 'bars and shifters on, re cable, ride.

    Set all up to suit you.

    You'll get used to the change in handling in twenty miles.

    In the loveliest possible way, its just a bicycle, so I really wouldn't overthink it.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644

    Swap the bars out and remove the bottle holder from behind your censored .......
    and buy and wear some socks.

    And a top with sleeves unless you've got massive guns to show off.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoat
    N0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,898
    A massively setback seat post so saddle tip is at least 5cm behind the BB. ;)
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    2017 Cube Attain GTC Pro Disc 2016
    2016 Voodoo Wazoo
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644

    A massively setback seat post so saddle tip is at least 5cm behind the BB. ;)

    Or whatever suits/fits him as its him not you or me riding it.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • N0bodyOfTheGoat
    N0bodyOfTheGoat Posts: 5,898
    edited June 2022
    MattFalle said:

    Swap the bars out and remove the bottle holder from behind your censored .......
    and buy and wear some socks.

    And a top with sleeves unless you've got massive guns to show off.
    Or whatever suits/fits him as its him not you or me riding in it. :D
    ================
    2020 Voodoo Marasa
    2017 Cube Attain GTC Pro Disc 2016
    2016 Voodoo Wazoo
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,177
    MattFalle said:

    A massively setback seat post so saddle tip is at least 5cm behind the BB. ;)

    Or whatever suits/fits him as its him not you or me riding it.
    I have feeling that post may haunt you.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    Does it have drop bars or TT stylee bars?
    pblakeney said:

    MattFalle said:

    A massively setback seat post so saddle tip is at least 5cm behind the BB. ;)

    Or whatever suits/fits him as its him not you or me riding it.
    I have feeling that post may haunt you.
    Yeah, undoubtedly 🤣🤣🤣🤣🤣
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644

    MattFalle said:

    Swap the bars out and remove the bottle holder from behind your censored .......
    and buy and wear some socks.

    And a top with sleeves unless you've got massive guns to show off.
    Or whatever suits/fits him as its him not you or me riding in it.
    True dat, innit.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • MattFalle said:

    Errr - whats going on there?


    It’s what I had to do to make it fit me.
    Or if you mean the cabling that’s where they go into the frame.

    JOGLE Cube Aree GTC Pro -DONE
    Summer Commuter Single Speed 90 gear"
    Winter Commuter Badboy Lefty Single Speed
    Hack Lefty with slicks
    Dirty Lefty Taurine
    Giant FCR2 not compact anymore + mods. STOLEN.
  • me-109
    me-109 Posts: 1,915
    I think it's more likely a comment on the positioning of the shifters (too low) and the rotation of the bars (tips need to go downward) for the ergonomics of modern bars and shifters.

    That and possibly commenting on the remaining steerer above the stem.
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,177
    edited June 2022
    me-109 said:

    I
    ...

    That and possibly commenting on the remaining steerer above the stem.

    More likely that spacers are involved at all.
    Never mind though as it's not me or him riding it. 😉
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • me-109
    me-109 Posts: 1,915
    I'm surprised you didn't call him out for the U*****a components. ;)
  • pblakeney
    pblakeney Posts: 26,177
    me-109 said:

    I'm surprised you didn't call him out for the U*****a components. ;)

    No point if people don't listen.
    Less point if they already have it. I'd still advise against buying new.
    The above may be fact, or fiction, I may be serious, I may be jesting.
    I am not sure. You have no chance.
    Veronese68 wrote:
    PB is the most sensible person on here.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    me-109 said:

    I think it's more likely a comment on the positioning of the shifters (too low) and the rotation of the bars (tips need to go downward) for the ergonomics of modern bars and shifters.

    That and possibly commenting on the remaining steerer above the stem.

    Exactly M.E. - grazie.

    All of the above.

    It all needs sorting as its a bit chip shop at the mo'.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    pblakeney said:

    me-109 said:

    I'm surprised you didn't call him out for the U*****a components. ;)

    No point if people don't listen.
    Less point if they already have it. I'd still advise against buying new.
    Agree.

    If you can get it for free then fine, but buy it new? Really? Nah.
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • MattFalle
    MattFalle Posts: 11,644
    pblakeney said:

    me-109 said:

    I
    ...

    That and possibly commenting on the remaining steerer above the stem.

    More likely that spacers are involved at all.
    Never mind though as it's not me or him riding it. 😉
    😀😀😀
    .
    The camera down the willy isn't anything like as bad as it sounds.
  • @MattFalle thanks for the insight much appreciated.

    @Munsford0 I've actually got the ultegra di2 (11-speed) components. so other than routing the brake cables through the integrated bar (which is already the case). I'll be removing the shifter cables entirely... so this wont be a problem.

    From what I am reading a bike fit will be necessary to get the seat position, stem, handlebar and shifter positions right. Which I was planning on doing anyway :)
  • gethinceri
    gethinceri Posts: 1,551

    If budget is not a problem then for comfort and performance SAVA HERD T800 bikes ara good choice. These bikes are lightweight bike made of carbon fiber material. It is equipped with special tires and wireframes to add to its lightness.

    No, they're shite.
  • darrell1967
    darrell1967 Posts: 470
    I’m doing the same with an immaculate old Specialized Transition frame I picked up off eBay for less than a ton.
    I’ll let you know.
  • darrell1967
    darrell1967 Posts: 470