2016 Cycling Accessories for Triathletes
Rudy Project Tralyx$249 1 of 11
Tralyx's PowerFlow frame promotes a highly customizable fit and includes features that help prevent fogging on hot days.
The Impact X-2 lenses are extremely durable and built to handle the toughest of spills on the bike. The extra coverage makes these a great option on the bike or run, and there are a variety of color options to choose from.
Assos S7 Summer Gloves$68 2 of 11
While wearing cycling gloves during a race may be a no-no for some triathletes, it's important to have a good pair to protect your hands during training. For athletes who have come to enjoy that no-glove feeling, the S7 is as close as it's going to get.
These gloves are extremely breathable, conform to your hands and allow for a full range of motion. For a glove this light, they're also durable enough to handle plenty of rounds through the wash.
Portland Design Works CO2 Inflator$25 3 of 11
Realizing you haven't secured your inflator to your valve stem correctly and wasting most of the air in your CO2 cartridge can be a big problem—especially during a race. Thanks to a control knob regulator, this inflator from Portland Design Works makes it easy to adjust how much air is going into your tube, which helps you avoid those all-or-nothing situations.
Topeak Alien II$49 4 of 11
If you're looking for a multi-tool accessory that has it all, the Alien II is your answer.
Along with basic Allen wrenches, screwdrivers and Torx keys, you'll also get plenty of handy tools that you'll never know when you're going to need. Integrated tire levers, a chain tool and spoke wrench are just a few of the features you won't find on many other options.
Doc's Chamois Cream$21 5 of 11
Greasy, pore-clogging chamois creams that are petroleum-based used to be the norm, but this is no longer the case.
Doc's all-natural product forms the same anti-friction layer to protect your sensitive spots and prevent blistering, but uses a different mineral formula than most traditional chamois creams. Coconut oil, tea tree oil and aloe vera are the primary ingredients, and these help prevent the formation of bacteria and fungus while still easily washing out of your cycling shorts.
Kask Infinity$370 6 of 11
Keeping cool during long races is a problem with many of the dedicated aero helmets on the market.
The Infinity from Kask is one of the best at blending aerodynamic advantages with breathability and comfort. While the vents don't seem large, their placement circulates air around the head extremely well, thanks in large part to a sliding front panel that will allow you to control airflow.
For long-distance courses, this is a must-have race helmet.
Zipp Speed Box 3$30 7 of 11
This roomy storage solution from Zipp is a high-quality option with an expandable interior mesh pocket that makes organizing your fuel easy.
Although the Velcro mount isn't the best looking, it's functional and will fit any size or shape top tube. The seam-sealed zipper is durable and easy to open, which can be problematic with some feed boxes.
Giant Numen Aero Plus TL$35 8 of 11
Standard taillights have one main flaw: they make your aero seatpost not so aero. This smart, super-slim design from Giant will let you maintain your aero advantages while still keeping you visible out on the road.
The O-ring mounting system attaches to larger, flat seat posts—which can be a limitation with other taillights. As an added bonus, the battery is USB rechargeable and has a maximum run time of six hours.
Profile Design FC35 Drink System$110 9 of 11
The problem with a lot of front-end hydration systems is that they don't leave a lot of room for anything else.
The FC systems from Profile design offer a stream-lined solution to this problem with a well-designed unit that integrates hydration, nutrition and a computer mount without sacrificing aerodynamics. The dual-straw positioning option allows you to easily hydrate without having to move from the aero position.
Speedplay Zero Aero$275 10 of 11
Unlike other models from Speedplay, the Zero Aero is a one-sided entry pedal. While this may not be as convenient for training, it's a worthy purchase for your race-day rig.
The pedal has a very low stack height for maximum cornering clearance and aerodynamic efficiency, making it one of the fastest products available. If you'd like to further decrease weight savings, a titanium spindle option is also available for $399.