Triathlon - Multiple 650c Bikes?
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How many people have more than one 650c bike? And if so, what are your bikes?
The reason why I ask, is that I currently only have a TT bike (Zipp 2001) but I'm looking for a "road" bike for normal everyday riding. It's hard to ride a TT bike all the time. Ideally I'd like to find one that I can use my 650c wheels. I've been on ebay a lot lately looking for one, but like most people I have a budget.
Thanks for your help and hope there's a lot of you out there! ;)
09-24-05, 12:44 AM
I don't think there are a lot of road bikes that run 650's unless they are very small (like 48 cm). The reason that some tri bikes have them is because of the shorter wheel bases that are common with the tri geometry.
650's are not as popular as they were a few years ago so you may have some trouble. Good luck though...
Maybe you should try posting this on the Road Bike forum. There is bound to be someone there (i.e. 55/RAD) who will give you the whole 411.
09-24-05, 08:39 AM
To answer your question, I only have one bike, but it does have 650s. It was custom built for me by a friend. We bought a no-name frame (Tsunami) from chucksbikes.com and then he used parts that he had, plus other new parts and voila! The frame has compact tri-geometry, but it's really set up as a roadbike. And it's a 52cm. I love it. And it was dirt cheap. I only paid about $650. It was less than $200 for the frame. My components are all high end Shimano (Dura Ace and 105) but my friend gets the parts at cost, plus he had some "extras" lying around. It would have been over $2K from a shop.
But the moral of that story is, if you can build a bike or have a friend who could, you could probably do it very cheaply with used parts.
Thanks guys... fortunately I'm pretty short (51cm or smaller). I'm finding that a lot of the shorter frames may come with the option of 650c or 700c. So I guess the quest continues. Thanks again for your help.
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