Hey guys, I'm new and wasn't sure exactly where to post this, So I figured I'd start with the first "goal", but I'm getting ahead of myself...
I recently finished a long time goal of mine, to finish a marathon, and now I'm moving on to the next goal, to finish a Century Ride. So, I'm looking to buy a bike. Here lies the problem, after completing a 100 mile ride, my next goal is to finish a full Ironman. My question is this, should I buy a road bike for now, to finish the 100 miler and then buy a second multi-sport bike later? Should I just get a multi-sport bike now and do the century on that? Should I get a road bike and just get "clip on aero bars" for the Ironman later? I'm not the richest guy in the world, but I'll do what I have to do to finish these goals.
I also plan on doing a few shorter road races and some shorter triathlons, as well as riding the 3 miles to work every now and again. (Everything I need for work I can put in a backpack.)
So far, this is what I've been able to figure out that I want...
Carbon Fiber Frame
Prefer Shimano group set on a road bike (love Dura-Ace)
Triple gear set (I live in a REALLY hilly area, some lesser cars can't even get up some of the hills)
Black with Red and White bike (I'm being "sponsored" in these goals of mine by my work, so I need a matching color scheme. )
If I'm buying a road bike now, and another bike later on, my budget for the road bike is anywhere between $2000-$3000 give or take, If I'm getting just one bike (either Road or Multi-Sport) my budget is about $4000, again, give or take.
Please help! I have no problem working hard and sweating it out on a bike, but after a couple of weeks of reading about gear sets and frames and test riding bikes at my LBS (Local Bike Shop, yes?) I'm no closer to figuring out what I need then when I started this quest. Help!