Gear on the Cheap

One of the biggest barriers to entry in the sport of triathlon is the cost. Between wetsuits, bikes, new shoes, and a kit, the price to do your first race can easily top $1,000.

Please don’t spend $1,000 on your first triathlon.

Here are a few ideas to help you cut the cost and make the sport a little more affordable for you:

Facebook Marketplace

Groups like Tri ‘n Sell It and Swim Bike Run Sell/Trade are great places to pick up used gear from other triathletes. They are also a great place to post if you’re looking for something specific.

Bike Consignment

Just google “Triathlon Consignment” and you’ll get a whole host of sites where people are selling their used bikes. It’s a great way to buy a bike for a total steal.

Beginner Discounts

Many companies offer great discounts to first timers. offers great discounts- that’s how I bought my first wetsuit. Go to  You can also take advantage of great discounts via USA Triathlon when you become an annual member.

Ambassador Discounts

Many sponsored athletes and brand ambassadors will periodically have a discount code they can share. Check a brand’s Instagram hashtags to find ambassadors and follow them for updates and codes.

Mailing Lists

Ever visit a website and have that little popup appear asking for your email (ah-hem, like the one on here?) Give them your email! You’ll join their email list where you can receive occasional discounts and sale notifications.


I’ve written about working with brands before, and it still holds true: repping a company you love can have great mutual benefits! Check out my previous post on the subject here.

Have a triathlon money saving secret to share? Leave a note in the comments below!

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