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Triathlon Equipment and History

   

Equipment

   

History

Bicycle

Used in the cycling section of the sport.

Bike rack

The device that holds bicycles in an upright position in the transition area.

Bottom bracket

A hole in the base of a bicycle frame where the axle unit is attached.

Chainring

A large toothed ring within the chainset of a bicycle that drives the chain via the pedals and cranks.

Chainset

The chainwheels, chain and rear sprocket, as one, on a bicycle.

Crank

An arm, bolted to the crankshaft, which drives the chainwheels on a bicycle.

Crankshaft

The axle to which the cranks are attached on a bicycle.

Derailleur

The mechanism which moves the chain from one chainring or sprocket to another on a bicycle.

Goggles

Enclosed eyewear which prevent water from getting into a swimmer's eyes.

Nose clip

A clip which prevents water from getting into a swimmer's nose.

Pontoon

The floating apparatus from which triathletes dive to start the swimming leg.

Shoes
Sprocket

1. one of a series of teeth or projections on a wheel for transmitting or receiving motion to or from a corresponding tooth or part on a bicycle; also called a "cog". 2. a sprocket wheel; also called a "cogwheel".

Sprocket wheel

A wheel with sprockets; also called a "cogwheel".

Swim buoy

A marker used as a turning point in the swimming course.

Swimming cap

A lightweight, head-hugging and flexible cap which holds the hair in place and reduces resistance when swimming.

Wetsuit

A tight-fitting rubber suit worn to keep a swimmer warm and increase buoyancy.