Which Bike For Me?
I am going to buy a bike finally, I hope. I would like some input/opinions if you all would please be so inclined to offer me some.
Hereís my background: 2009 was my first year of any kind of biking since childhood. I did the Jordanelle Sprint Triathlon and the Alta Canyon Rec Centerís I-Can-Tri mini sprint in Sandy, UT. I loved doing both of them. I trained on an 80ís Reflex mtn bike with road tires on it, and used a friendsí Cervelo road bike for the races.
For 2010 I would like to do the Jordanelle Olympic distance tri AND the Xterra Off-Road Tri in Ogden, UT. I have only been mountain biking one time, but I LOVED it, more than road biking even.
My dilemma is that I donít know what kind of bike to get; road or mtn? I think I will get more overall out of a mtn bike because I donít like training on busy roads, BUT I donít know if I would want to ride a mtn bike [with road tires] in an Olympic distance tri. My budget is low, less than $500. So what do you think? Thanks in advance!!!
well as far as a mtn bike goes the posture is more upright than a road bike but at the five hundred dollar level i don't think you would find a road bike, i might be wrong. as far as i know the only choices you have with that kind of budget are hybrids and mtn bikes.
the tires are everything. if you use road tires i don't know if it matters much what you buy hybrid or mtn style bike.
You will get killed in the bike section on a MTB running against TT and Road bikes. If you can afford to give up that may minutes and can make it up in the swim and run go for it. But for about $1000.00 bucks you can get an entry level TT bike from many bike shops during a sale. You might look on line and find one on sale or get a used TT bike. If you simply can’t afford more than $500.00 bucks get a used road bike and add aero bars. And if you are used to it a flat bar road bike might work.
Originally Posted by incufan1