Pros and cons of bike frame materials

Pros and Cons of Bike Frame Materials

Bike frame materials breakdown

If you’re in the market for a new bike, you might be overwhelmed with the different types of bike frame materials from which you can choose. Be prepared; know the type of bike you want and what you want it to do. When researching online or speaking with a dealer you need to be prepared with as much knowledge as possible. Comfort, weight, corrosion, and repairability are major factors to consider when searching for your next bike. Read our list of pros and cons for different bike frame materials. This will come in handy when purchasing your first bike or upgrading from your current ride!

STEEL

Pros:
•  comfortable
•  absorbs shock
•  durable
•  repairable
•  “skinny tubes” = classic looking
•  can be almost as light as titanium

Cons:
•  heavier than aluminum
•  rusts if not maintained
•  “skinny tubes” = old school

ALUMINUM

Pros:
•  can be very lightweight
•  new aluminum is more comfortable
•  does not rust, resists corrosion
•  stiff for good energy transfer

Cons:
•  the low end has a harsher ride than steel
•  not as repairable as steel

CARBON FIBER

Pros:
•  very comfortable
•  stiff for good energy transfer
•  does not rust
•  “cool factor” and aero.
Cons:
•  can be expensive
•  hard to repair

TITANIUM

Pros:
•  comfortable, similar to steel
•  does not rust or corrode
•  lightweight
•  durable
Cons:
•  usually more expensive
•  difficult to repair due to the strength of the material
Build your Jack's Generic Tri relay team.

5 Reasons to Build Your Relay Team

Remember: there’s no “I” in relay team

Triathlon is that much more fun when you divide and conquer! Recruit friends, family, or co-workers and create your relay team for Jack’s Generic Triathlon. The 16th annual JGT will take place on Sunday, August 26th, at Walter E. Long Metropolitan Park. Relay teams can consist of two or three individuals. If your team has two members, one person will take two legs and the second person will take the third leg. This can be accomplished in any combination. Check out the top five reasons to build a relay team at this year’s Jack’s Generic Triathlon.

Build your Jack's Generic Tri relay team.

Finish the swim and cheer on the other two legs of your relay team!

Try something new

Maybe you know about triathlon, maybe you’re unfamiliar. Perhaps you’ve cheered and supported friends at their triathlons, but you’ve never participated in one. Creating a relay team is the best way to get introduced to the sport! Attempting something new can be a little overwhelming at times. Building a team of two or three will help take some of the pressure off. Train with your team, experience the highs and the lows, and get a taste of your new sport.

Have three times the fun

Of course you can always double your pleasure. But why do that when you can triple the fun?! That’s right, get two friends or co-workers and create your relay team. Next, come up with a sweet team name. While you’re training, you can have team tops made and begin planning what you’ll wear on race day. Will it be matching outfits or a hilarious swim-bike-run-friendly costume? So many choices!

Build your Jack's Generic Tri relay team.

Hop on your bike with fresh legs!

You’re injured

Injuries happen. We all know that. But what may prevent you from running might not stop you from cycling or swimming. As long as you feel comfortable and aren’t in pain when training, creating a relay team for JGT is a fantastic way to stay active while continuing to strengthen your muscles. You never know, cross-training might just help speed up your recovery!

Experience something memorable

Get the old high school/college crew together. Build a family relay team that spans three generations. Create an all-sibling team. Represent your employer and become the talk of the office. Raise some serious dough for your favorite nonprofit. Whatever direction you go, make this something you won’t soon forget. Participate with loved ones and/or fundraise for an organization that’s close to your heart and your JGT experience will be stored in your long-term memory bank.

You have a need for speed

Build your Jack's Generic Tri relay team.

Run your heart out while your relay team members cheer you on!

You’re like Ricky Bobby: you just want to go fast. Triathlon is a trying sport, pushing your body’s limits. Training coupled with proper hydration and nutrition help keep your body going. But by the time the run starts your energy levels are decreasing, slowing you down. Try pushing the limits in another way, create a super team. Find someone who swims like a fish in the water. Add a member who gets speeding tickets on their bike for going too fast. Pick a runner whose feet seem to never touch the ground because of their speed. Assemble this super team and show up on race day ready to set land records (just watch out for the speed traps)!

Whatever your reasoning, there are two things left to do: build your team and register!

2017 Jack's Generic Triathlon Finisher Basno badge.

Claim Your Basno Badge, Then Share Online!

Share your JGT Basno badge on social media

At Jack’s Generic Tri, not only do you get an actual finisher medal, but you can also receive a Basno badge (a digital medal you share on social media)!

Digital badges are awarded to participants who successfully complete Jack’s Generic Tri or other High Five Events’ events. In addition, if you register early enough, you’ll also receive an “In Training” badge. Make sure you let your friends and loved ones know about your upcoming goal.

Jack’s Generic Tri uses Basno, a badge management system, to distribute and host digital badges. Collect as many as you can to track your history of accomplishments. It’s like a trophy cabinet without having to dust!

After the Tri, check your inbox to claim your JGT Finisher badge. It’s simple and free. Now share your JGT Finisher badge on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, or all of them! You can also make it your profile pic.

This Tri season you can collect up to 10 badges! Rookie Tri “In Training”, Rookie Tri Finisher, Rookie Tri Volunteer, Jack’s Generic Tri “In Training”, Jack’s Generic Tri Finisher, Jack’s Generic Tri Volunteer, Kerrville Tri “In Training”, Kerrville Tri Finisher, Kerrville Tri Volunteer, Texas Tri Series Finisher. We will also recognize those who complete eight or more with a special badge.

Here are some samples of badges that we’ve awarded in the past.

2017 Rookie Tri Finisher Basno badge.

2017 Rookie Tri Finisher Basno badge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2017 Kerrville Tri Finisher Basno badge.

2017 Kerrville Tri Finisher Basno badge.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2018 3M Half Marathon Finisher Basno badge.

2018 3M Half Marathon Finisher Basno badge.