Brick: defined

Seth makes a good point – I should be defining the sport-specific terms I use. A “brick” is any workout that combines two sports. More often than not it’s used for Bike to Run (thus, BRick). It’s also named brick because frequently in the run the legs turn into concrete. This has much to do with position on the bike. Being properly “fit” to the bike is critical for multi-hour sessions, and when you add the need to transition quickly to another leg-centric sport, it’s even more important. Triathlon bikes look very different than road bikes. They look like TT bikes (Time Trial – the parts of bike races where you race alone, without a peloton, or pack of team riders) the fundamental difference is that cycling for triathlon does not allow drafting – using the wind break from the rider in front of you. The triathlon is, in effect, one long time trial. The “aero” position of a tri bike positions the rider for two purposes: cutting your own wind (har) over long hours and positioning the legs in such a way that they’re not crippled for the run. That’s not to say you can’t do long triathlons on road bikes – a pro fitter can fit a road bike to a triathlete, install aero bars on the handlebars, and get very good results. At $3,000+ (for the really good stuff with quality components – you can spend more than $7K easily) the tri bike is for the upper level triathlete who is looking to shave minutes off their time, and every geometric advantage is helpful. This means moving the gear shifters to the aero bars, internal cable routing of the brake and shift lines to reduce drag, and an aggressive seat position for leg reach. In short, the Cervelo P3C is pure sex on wheels for triathlon while the Trek Madone gives roadies huge wood. Neither one will help me swim faster.


2 responses to “Brick: defined

  1. Your “what to buy Max” tag is perfect and hilarious.
    From hearing your talk, getting fitted to a bike seems to be important for anyone who is riding, even recreationally, more than an hour.

    How did you find someone to fit you to the bike, what was the process, and as your body keeps changing, do you need to keep adjusting your fit?

  2. Fank yew.

    when you descend into the squirrely world of jargon, you sound like Geordie LaForge spouting techno-babble, and I love you for it.

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