Am I missing something here?
I was thinking about hiring a better bike for future events and very helpfully the London Tri website has a link to TriUK's Hire pages.
On there you can hire £150! Bargain!
When I clicked on the link it showed me that you'd get a Giant Defy 4 (2015) for a season......
But you also have to pay a £400deposit and £25 for Postage. Total impact on your credit card £575.
The thing is a Giant Defy 4 is on £575 brand new.
Now I know if you're very careful, you'll get back your £400 deposit at the end of the season and in theor you've only actually paid out 175quid, but for me I was thinking of hiring to take out the initial sting. If you've got to commit just as much money up front, I don't quite see the point.
Plus spec wise my current wallet friendly Triban 500se (£330 including fit and alternate stem) is a pretty close match, in fact I bought it over a 2013 spec Defy that had been reduced early this year.