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Originally Posted by esmy1980
I am new to cycling and am looking to buy a bike. In the future I would like to train for a triathlon so I would like something that would be appropriate for such an event. I do not have a lot of money to spend on the bike and I was wondering if anyone in the Boston area has suggestions as to where I could find a good but inexpensive bike.
For race oriented shops, I believe that the hierarchy is:
Wheelworks > International Bicycle / Landry's > ATA / Farina
with Wheelworks being the most generalised, wide entry-level and top-end selection shop, then ATA being more focused on high-end.
Three of these shops are proximate to the T (Wheelworks in Davis, International and Landry's in Allston on the Green Line B, ATA just outside of Harvard Square). Farina is just outside Watertown Center and accessible via bus. It should be noted that Farina does make a point of having sponsored past triathletes and running its own triathlon team, so if you need some fairly deep expertise, then that might be the best shop to visit.
If you were looking more at commuter oriented shops, then the hiearchy would be slightly different, with Wheelworks and Harris near the top and shops like Paramount, Broadway, and Bikes Not Bombs near the entry level.