Tri vs Road Bike
The million dollar question....
I'm looking at getting a new bike early next year and am after some advice. I'm a keen cyclist, and 'compete' in around 4/5 olympic distance tri's a year. Next year I'm looking at making the jump to a 70.3 with the ultimate aim being an Ironman in 2015. I think in the long run I'll be sticking with Olympic distance though.
So, onto the dilemma... Do I buy a tri specific bike or a road bike. My budget is around £2k. As far as I can see I have 3 options...
1) Keep current alloy road bike for the occasional jaunt into the hills, and buy a carbon Tri bike for specific training and event use
2) Sell current bike and buy a carbon road bike as an all rounder to be used in Tri's too - including the Ironman
3) Buy Tri bike, (attempt to) complete Ironman, then sell and swap for road bike
Are road bikes OK to complete an Iroman on? Along with the mountain of training?
I'd be grateful of any advice and experience... I don't fancy getting the decision wrong!