Beginning triathlon on a budget? Make the transition to the bike easier on the wallet.

When I started triathlon, all I had was run gear. With a wife and two young kids, I needed to streamline my purchases and budget carefully.

Below is a mix of current kit as well as what I used to get me started.



bikeFelt IA16
Great mid-range entry level bike at a nice price point. Aero storage options and looks fast, especially once fitted with race wheels!
wheelsHED Jet Plus 6/9+ Clincher Wheelset
Alloy braking surface so I don’t have to change brake pads.
tiresContinental Grand Prix 5000
I currently run 23c in front and 25c in back.
helmetRudy Project Wing Aero Helmet
My current race helmet. One of the best TT helmets on the market, especially for the money.
helmetRudy Project Boost 01
Can be both a daily AND race helmet.
saddleISM PS 1.0 Saddle
A top choice for those who ride in the aerobars, or for flat courses when you want to ‘settle in’ to one position and go.
pedalsSpeedplay Zero Chromoly Pedals
So I can clip in from either side.
shoesShimano SH-TR9 Tri Shoes
Super comfy tri cycling shoes. The TR stands for Tim Robertson, right? It’s my signature shoe!
trainerWahoo KICKR Snap Smart Trainer
So I’m not away from the family for too long!
bottleProfile Designs FC35 Hydration System
I can stay aero with plenty of hydration during mid-to-long length rides or races. Looks great between the bars. Also has a removable computer mount and storage for nutrition or trash.
Garmin 945Garmin Forerunner 945
Serves as my all-around tri watch.
compGarmin Edge 130
Super inexpensive and really only used to mirror my watch face so I can see stats while staying aero.
sunglassesRudy Project – Defender
These work as my run/road bike glasses. Light and comfortable without fogging. HD lenses. Colors vary.