Written by Lyuthar Jacobs

Crossing your first finish line will be the experience of a lifetime, but it’s no secret that triathlon can be an expensive sport.

That doesn’t mean you have to break the bank to begin with. Here are a few ways for you to get the gear you need to train and race, where you might want to consider focusing your spending and where you can save some money.

The Bike

Of course, you can’t complete a triathlon without a bike but you don’t have to start with a super-lightweight frame or specialist wheels. There are numerous options available for you to rent a bike or buy one that will be a cost-effective and comfortable start to your first season.

You can also check out Spinlister, a website dedicated to bike rentals all over the world or head over to CouponsMonk to save money on your own new bike.

The Wetsuit

If you’re venturing into open water, you’re going to need to investigate wetsuits.

A growing number of events offer the opportunity to rent a wetsuit so you can ‘try before you buy’. Websites like triwetsuitrental.com (based in the USA) can be a useful place to start.

There are also websites like Retailmenot that can be a helpful way to save as you’re getting started.

The Helmet

You can’t put a price on safety and protecting your head has to be a priority!

Your helmet is definitely something to invest in.

Make sure that you talk to a reputable seller, get the helmet fitted properly if you’re in doubt about what to buy, you can also check out the regulations that companies must adhere to in designing and manufacturing the helmet.


Whether you’re in the pool or open water, you need to be able to see where you’re going.

Investing in a well-fitting pair of goggles will ensure that you start your first race confidently.