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    Path vs Road vs Tri Bike

    I am a runner and wanting to start triathalons. Cost is a concern, as I am not sure I will like tri's. I have had a MTB in the past and know I don't want to use that for the tri's. Any suggestions on what to start with. Do I get a cheap bike and if I like tri's get a tri bike for the races? HELP!!!

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    welcome Terek

    Why not get one bike that does everything? Here's a selection of 700c drop bar bikes with disc brakes suitable for triathlons, racing, training, cyclocross, off-road duties, touring and commuting. The ones with racks and mudguards could be discounted

    cannondale cross xr7 - http://www.cannondale.com/bikes/08/c...del-8XR7C.html

    Brodie Ronin '08 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2008/2008_bikes/ronin.php
    Brodie romax '07 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/romax.php
    brodie ronin '07 - http://www.brodiebikes.com/2007/2007_bikes/ronin.php

    lemond poprad disc - http://www.lemondbikes.com/bikes/cross/poprad_disc.php

    rocky mountain sherpa - http://www.bikes.com/bikes/2007/TOURING/sherpa-10.aspx

    orbea diem drop disc - http://www.orbea.com/ingles/interior...ilia=6&gama=13

    focus cross disc - http://www.focusbikesuk.com/focuscyc...cross_disc.php

    devinci caribou2 - http://www.devinci.com/10479_an.html

    raleighusa sojourn - http://www.raleighusa.com/items.asp?deptid=5&itemid=427

    rei novara element - http://www.rei.com/product/744808

    co-motion mazama - http://www.co-motion.com/mazama.html

    rocky mountain Solo CXD - http://bikes.com/2008_preview/2008_preview.html

    rotwild rs1cx - http://www.rotwild.de/en/ (street bikes section)

    fixie inc. pureblood - http://www.cycles-for-heroes.com/200...pureblood.html

    maxx roadmaxx custom (you choose the color and parts at the LBS and the factory puts it together, i.e., not a custom frame) - http://www.maxx.de/frmain_bikes.htm (road - roadmaxx custom)

    Salsa la Cruz - http://www.salsacycles.com/laCruzComp08.html

    trek portland - http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes...land/portland/

    kona sutra - http://www.konaworld.com/08_sutra_w.htm
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    Recommended reading for all cyclists - Cyclecraft - Effective Cycling
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    Don't run red lights, wear a helmet, use hand signals, get some cycle lights(front and rear) and, FFS, don't run red lights!

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    Do a sprint distance race on the MTB with slicks on. This will give you a feel for the races. After that I would take the above posters rec and get a decent bike to do everything. If you get serious then get a tribike. I did it backwards and bought a tri bike, then ended up buying a road bike for just riding and a commuter. I wish I had just bought something like listed above. I was looking at a Bianchi Axis and the dealer talked me out of it. Would have been perfect.

    http://www.bianchiusa.com/05_axis.html
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    My wife is going through this very process. She borrowed my Surly Cross Check (cross bike with road tires and drop bars) last year to do a sprint triathlon. It worked well for her as a newbie into the sport, though the frame was too big for her.

    This winter, I bought her a Trek FX, which is essentially a road bike (skinny tires) with a flat handle bar. She can use it for a triathalon and for trail riding as well. If she sticks with the triathalon, then I could see her buying a good used road bike for $300-500.

    To summarize, I would suggest either finding a used true road bike for $200 that would let you compete for awhile, then if you decide you want to stick with it, you can upgrade to something newer/nicer.
    ugh.

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