The triathlon training blog of Phil Barnes

Bikes of the Average Age Grouper

We caught up with average age-grouper Phil Barnes, prior to his participating in the Canadian Iron 226 event this Saturday. He was kind enough to let us photograph his bike. Phil's bike is a NOS 54cm 2004 Cervelo P2K (9 speed) with 650 wheels. He picked up the bike in 2007, his third year of multisport competition. The bike has remained "stock", with the addition of an H3 front, and Wheelbuilder aero-jacket up until 2014, where it was upgraded somewhat with new aero-bars, brakes, cassette, chain, and cabling. Phil is approximately 5'10" and will be racing at 155 lbs this year. The bike in it's previous iteration has powered him to nearly identical back-to-back 5:17 splits in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Esprit Triathlon.

Phil's 2004 Cervelo P2K, with Hed 3 front wheel, and Wheelbuilder Aero Jacket rear wheel.

What the wind sees

The front-end of the drive train is a 53-39 Ultegra crank, with 105 front derailleur. Look Keo pedals are attached to the 172.5mm crank arms.
A 9-speed Ultegra 12-27 rear cassette is actuated by the Ultegra rear derailleur.

The pilot's cockpit. Carbon 3T Aura-Pro base bars with alloy lazy-s extensions. A cateye wireles computer provides feedback. Jagwire cabling throughout provides crisp shifts.


A Profile-Design aero bag is currently stuffed with 8 gels, a cliff bar, and 2 tabs of Gu-Brew ready for the upcoming 180km ride.

Alloy TRP levers are trusted to help actuate the speed.
Stopping power provided by a set of NOS OEM SRAM Red calipers, front and rear.

Primary hydration during Iron distance events is provided by the Profile Designs Aero-Bottle mounted up front. A standard bottle cage on the seat tube is for back-up hand ups from on-course bottle stations.

Smooth rolling 320 TPI Vittoria Open Corsa Evo CX tires keep this rider grounded. (Custom packing tape application seals the valve opening)

Another custom piece of hockey tape holds the wheel magnet for the Cateye in place. (4 years and still holding).


A Cervelo carbon seat post connects this rider and his stock Selle Italia saddle to his ride. The dual seat post attachment is in the forward position. A saddle bag tucks in behind and holds a pump, chain tool, multi-tool, a set of levers and a spare tube.
The bike and rider, in action during the 2012 Esprit Triathlon, and featured on the Home Page of the Esprit website.