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Hey guys,

Last week I took part in London triathlon with my work and I had a great time and it was good to do that for charity.

Next year I want to do the whole olympic event on my own (we did it in teams of three - I swam).

I need to get some stuff though.

I don't have a bike - what kind of bike is best for this event and how much should I spend?


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    jonEjonE Posts: 1,113
    Hi,congratulations on enjoying your first Tri,regarding your choice of bike,if you ask 10 triathletes to suggest a bike chances are you will get 10 different answers.So keep it simple,I assume that you will be using the same bike for training as well as racing,set a budget,and then try as many different bikes as possible,go for the one that feels right for you not the one your best mate says 'is the one' to have.A comfy bike produces a long lasting relationship,better a cheap bike that you want to get out and ride than one that reduces you to tears but looks the business.
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    JasonBJasonB Posts: 303
    If I were you I would go for an entry level bike that can have compenents upgraded if needed. Just incase your excitement was a one off thing.

    I have an entry level Orbea that cost £350.00. It has been great for the last two years. I have done some upgrades to it now that I want to do better in Tri, and carrying out the upgrades is more fun than buying an expensive bike anyway.

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    n1ck bn1ck b Posts: 27
    Just had a think about this .depending on where you live, considering you did London, you might give TCR 2008 a visit.

    Try the link below.


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    Tim CTim C Posts: 4
    You will get lots of different advice on bikes, but for what it's worth, I think £500 gets you a new brand new bike which is fairly light with a carbon fork which makes it a bit more comfortable (when you hit the rumble strips on the London course you'll be pleased you had it, I promise!).

    I did London this year on a bottom of the range Specialised Allez which cost £500 3 years ago (it still does). I just bought a Trek 5.5 which was £1500, reduced from £2300. It is clearly a much better bike, but I am not sure the difference will be much more than a minute over the London Course (but that would take me under the magic hour, which is why I coughed up). My point is that I think that up to £500 you really get a lot more bike for each quid, whilst once you have a fairly good frame, fairly good gears, etc that you get less and less per pound. Below £500 you can get some very heavy bikes that just aren't much fun to ride.

    Of course, at this time of year, there are lots of bikes on offer, esp 06 models, so you can get one that "should" cost £500 for cheaper, or get a better one for your £500, or get a second hand one, but I reckon you should aim for something that costs £500 new.

    Then later on, if you are an idiot like me you bankrupt yourself.

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    rpopper65rpopper65 Posts: 171
    I agree with most of what everyone else has said on the bicycle front, with a few more caveats to throw in (based on some of my clients' experience as well as my own personal experience):

    - Unless you are very familiar with bicycles and their components (or you have a friend or family member with limitless patience who is), you may want to to avoid buying a second-hand bike or a bike off the Internet. If you are new to the biking thing, then find a good bike shop with people whose advice you trust, and try the bikes out before you buy. Make sure the bike shop can offer a fitting service if you buy from them, and that they have someone in there who is at least a little familiar with some of your requirements as a triathlete (even if it is knowing how to order special components like an aero bar or tri-specific cycling shoes from a catalogue). If you like doing it yourself, then get good at doing Internet searches for things like "fitting a bicycle for triathlon training".

    - Don't forget about your accessories when you sit down and think about your budget. Helmet, sunglasses, lock(s), pump, water bottle(s) & cage(s), toe clips or clipless pedals (and shoes?), cycling clothes (maybe eventually a tri-suit, tri-specific cycling shoes), aero bar, etc can all add up. They might even make more difference to your comfort and speed than new bicycle wheels or a new groupset. The worst time I ever recorded on a bike section was when I used a bicycle seat that was super-light, super-aerodynamic and super-uncomfortable.

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