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I borrowed a road bike to pretend to train for a traithalon...I didn't work hard at all and only went on 2 or 3 rides in a month's time.

I DID like riding though. It's fast, relaxing and a good workout if you push it.

Did my first triathalon last weekend. (sprint tri at Seeley Lake)
The swim was a total abortion because...as I said... I never trained.
But I had a blast with the rest of it.

The ride was great and I passed an AZZ load of peeps on the ride.
Same with the run. It was easy. (I ran quite a bit in from middle school through college.)

I got the bug to train for these...and do more of them next summer.

Sooooooooooooo, I want a road bike.

NOT going to do road trips or anything just 25 to 50 mile training rides.
I plan to race Tri's but not doing regular cycle races.

Sooooooooooo, what I'm trying to say is that I'm looking for something that has the speed and aerodynamics of a time trial bike (for the tris) and the riding position a good fast road race bike.

I don't know if I'd buy a tt/triathalon bike but I can always clamp some aero bars on a regular set-up, right?

Anyone have experience or knowledge here?
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Scott,

....I'm not a bike snob but have 30+ triathlons under my belt and years of pretty solid training. I'll give you my feedback as a triathlete

1. In Mn if you go to a triathlon you will see all types of bikes in transition - point being you can race anything. Like sledding thou lots of people just like cool gear and end up with fancy carbon frames, wheels, ect

2. If you went to a forum like www.slowtwitch.com you could find years worth of reading on bike choices and still never come to a clear conclusion on 'what is best. It's kinda like clutching a sled......some work better than other for x-y-z.

3. Most 'serious' triathletes training on road bikes - it's not super comfortable to be in the aero positon for 60-100 mile long training rides.

4. Aero bars can be added to a road bike frame if you really thought you needed them - if you are doing short races (less than 1/2 iron) my guess is the time delta is only a couple seconds due to being more aero

5. Used bikes in the triathlon market are really good deals since there are so many people who either want the latest an greatest or simply only stay with it for a couple years. I personally found a QR Ti-Phoon on ebay new for less than 40% of what it would have cost new.

Good luck.

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gee Scott...if a bike is getting your rocks off you should try snowmobiling...i think you would find it more enjoyable and you could spend the summers modifying it and going on a forum...heck maybe become a mod..
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Ok....I could maybe spend a lot of time on a road bike forum and infiltrate them.



Ridecats...
I have a question about aerobars...that outer bar with brake handles...is that the normal place you'd have your hands on regular bars when you place them on top the brakes (where most people put their hands)?

Soooo how much different is that position than a regular road bike position? Is the top tube shorter on a tt/aero bike?


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don't worry about the clowns not getting it.
I really can't help you with road bycylces. the 2 tri's i have done where on a mountain bike and a borrowed road bike. I have a cycle cross bike and i wouldn't think twice about using it to road train on.
Get a nice bike you will want to ride. check out the local tri club in missoula. you got them.
but your best bet would be to go to the local bike shop that caters to tri people and talk to them about basic road bikes and go from there.

this is going to sound corny, but cycling shoes make a world of difference.

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I've been using my mtn bike shoes...they are fine.

I've been to a couple of local shops.
It's the end of the season and a good time for me to have my name on the shop wall for a phone call when bikes are being traded in.
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My fiancee is getting into Tri's...therefore, I am getting into tri's. She ran her second on Saturday and came in 7th in age-group, 180th overall out of 650+.

She did her first on her mtn bike. Still got first place. The next weekend I bought her my roommates '02 Giant TCR C2 (road bike, not tri) which he was upgrading to the Scott team bike (one of the nicest American made bikes I've seen). She LOVES her new bike and it's 8 years old! We've already agreed that when we feel the bike is holding her back, we'll get her a top-end bike.

I bought a 2-year-old Motobecane tri bike. Aluminum frame, carbon fork, nothing fancy...has stock aero bars and they SUCK! Paid $800 for it with pedals/cleats. Feel like I did ok on the price and the bike does what I need it to. It's fairly uncomfortable for 60+ miles, but for 20-40 it's ok.

What you end up depends on what you want to really do, and what you want to really spend.

If you honestly just want to do tri's, go buy a tri bike...but know what you're getting and that it'll be uncomfortable for long pulls. You're not a pro, the aero bars don't really help if you're legs aren't doing their part. Case-in-point is my fiancee smoking people on their $6000 tri bikes while she's on her $1000 road bike.

To do it right, you need two bikes. I'll be getting a road bike soon, for century rides, and we'll be buying her a tri-bike for her races. Her next race is Sept 11, my first is Oct 2 at the Pensacola tri.

The END GOAL of all this madness is her being on the USMC tri-team and both of us COMPLETING full Ironman's. FML, 140.6 miles is a LONG ways to go...

Check out this dude from Saturday...motivator was outta his shoes 1/4 mile before the finish.
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