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Helmet - Giro A2 is a great bet and priced quite cheaply
Tires & latex tubes - good tires and tubes save a significant chunk of time
Clip on aero bars - get you into a lower position
These three pretty simple changes might total $300 or so and could save a good amount of time.
Carbon wheels are a less economical way to go and are pretty pricey for the gains you make compared to a good helmet.
A tight fitting race kit is definitely better than anything flapping in the wind - size down, especially on the top.
A good position takes time and testing to achieve but you can get pretty close by trying to mimic guys like Kienle, Frodeno, etc.
Yep definitely aerobars but not far behind is tires, tubes, aero helmet.
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1) clip on aero bars - cheapest of the options and I think they will save you around 5-10%.. could be off on the % so people please correct me
2) good hydration set up (i.e. BTA and behind the saddle vs round bottle on the downtube)
3) Aero helmet
4) latex tube - I've heard they can save you as much as 5 watts per tire
5) good fitting aero tri suit
Then there's also getting a good fit - Could by highest or lowest bang for your buck depending on your fit now.
Deep, aero wheels are probably the most exciting upgrade but you basically get the same time savings with an aero helmet for 10-20% of the cost.
The air thinks it's a disk. Your wallet thinks it's 1/10 or 1/20th of a disk.
But - there's the weight penalty of having all that extra $ in your wallet. ;-)
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I was wondering this the other day - do the covers have a hole in them for valve access? I haven't seen that they do from pics. What do you do if you get a rear flat during a race with a wheel cover?
But if you got the $$$, you can do more...;)
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I bought Profile Design aero bars for my Look road bike and used them for my first IM and it was great. But then I bought a tri bike one year later - RIP aero bars. Also mentally it's nice to wait on "buying" those time savings until you're passing those guys on the nice bikes.
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People are saying an aero-helmet, but without tri-bars there is no point in having an aero-helmet.
BTA nutrition might also be difficult without the tri-bars!
Even with normal road bars, an aero helmet will help.
I was in a similar situation when I started doing triathlons and I went with a Gray Aerodome helmet with Profile Design Jammers riding a Fuji Roubaix Pro. I posted a top 10 bike split on that bike in a competitive half... that was also my "Aha" moment when I decided a tri bike would help get to the next level.