Im going to be riding in a team relay triathlon event in June. Im responsible for the 30k bike ride. I dont plan on doing a lot of hardcore riding when the triathlon is over. Maybe some street riding with my wife but nothing serious. I may do several other team triathlons at most.
I THINK I decided not to purchase a traditional road bike. I feel that it might be to delicate when I am riding in the street and goofing around jumping off curbs.
A mountain bike would not be very efficient for the triathlon due to the weight and gearing. I can put road tires on it but I still feel that the gears would not work well for the triathlon.
I guess the bottom line is, I want options. I have narrowed it down to two bikes. The Specialized Sirrus and the Trek 7300FX. Both bike have 48/38/28 gears which seems to be as good as Im going to get with a "hybrid."
The Sirrus and basically a road bike with flat bars for a more upright position which is great for riding in the city. Im not sure how the frame will hold up if I decide to jump a couple of curbs or maybe some light trail riding.
The Trek 7300fx is a little more rugged or seems to be. It comes with larger tires than the Sirrus but I have the option of putting 28mm tires on it making it more versatile. I think I feel that the Trek would give me more options in the long run but the Sirrus is more efficient for the triathlon and a little cooler looking.
If you own one of these bikes please give me your opinions and advice. I would really appreciate it.