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    Need a Bike for First Triathlon

    I am doing an Olympic Triathlon(25 mile bike portion) in 6 weeks and I want to purchase a road bike for the race and possibly for use in other triathlons. Thus far I have been renting bikes for long rides and cycling in the gym but there are so many different makers, parts and combinations that I am finding it hard to tell what I need and what that price should be getting me. I would like to purchase one for around $700 or even less than that. I am 5'8" and 170lbs.

    I have seen these two, both of which were on sale. Any help you can give would be great!

    http://www.rei.com/product/874999/no...da-3-bike-2015
    http://www.dannyscycles.com/product/...c-193462-1.htm
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    I'd go with the Trek, if only because it's on sale (last year's model is a great way to get more for your money). I started doing tris on a somewhat equivalent 2010 Scott Speedster S50, which had a triple front chainring, but you only need a double. Tri courses don't typically feature a lot of climbing, so what you lose in range you'll gain in weight savings and reliability with a double front.

    Just remember that between the transition and sweat you'll be dripping salty water all over the thing, so take care to clean, dry and lube it regularly. The frame is aluminum, but many of the fasteners and components are not (especially at the entry-level price point).

    And don't worry too much about what the competition is riding - I passed a lot of people on carbon that cost five to ten times as much as the Scott. You can buy a light frame, but ride skill and conditioning have to be earned!

    ETA: Also budget for a seat, cleats and pedals. Comfort is a big part of efficiency (and enjoyment). I got some hand-me-down tri shoes that had a hole in the toe to drain water and soft lining to go barefoot, because water's heavy and wet socks are no fun.
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    If you don't mind going used, EBay and Craigslist can yield fantastic bargains. I picked up a nice, older Quintana Roo Kilo for $350 shipped on EBay last month, and a Cervelo P2K with an extra set of Hed wheels and 2 Powertap setups for $700 a few weeks later. If you're patient and check once or twice a day, there are great deals to be had.

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    Saw this bike today at about this price. Thoughts?

    Specialized Allez - Brands Cycle and Fitness

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    Quote Originally Posted by jasonp530 View Post
    Saw this bike today at about this price. Thoughts?

    Specialized Allez - Brands Cycle and Fitness
    My son purchased a Specialized Allez from Brands when he was 14 to race. He won his age group many times and at 17 won a sprint outright. He eventually purchased a Cervelo P2 for tri's but still road raced his Allez.

    Here he is competing in the Empire State Games a few years back... his team won Bronze.



    While he did OK, if you're serious about Tri's then you want a tri bike.



    If you're looking to buy from Brands, do you live on Long Island? If so, talk to the staff at Brickwell. Their website lists a Felt Tri bike with 105 for $1300. They gave me a super deal on my new Trek Emonda, so talk to them.

    Felt Bicycles S32 - Brickwell Cycling, Fitness & Multisports, Long Island, New York in Great Neck, Manhasset and Syosset.



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    I recently sold a 2011 Felt B16, was a great bike for triathlon! You can definitely find used tri bikes in good shape, and Felt makes good stuff at the entry level. I was glad I started with a road bike for the relative versatility, though. If you live in the city without a car, getting a tri bike through traffic on your way to open road for training is not ideal so after a couple of shakeout rides I only ever used it for races. And the steep seat angle geometry baked into the frame doesn't lend itself to conversion for regular road use if you decide to specialize in one event or stop competing.

    But if you can find even one Powertap hub wheelset for $700 that's a pretty good deal, much less two and a Cervelo, jump on it, because that is insane. Nicely done, dpd3672!

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    If you don't mind a little scratch & dent, you can also look online at bikeisland.com. Their stuff seems to change a good bit, but there are deals to be had. The only downside is that you need to have a good idea of what fits beforehand
    As of 6/1 - Swim: 28,886yd Bike: 691.7mi Walk/Run: 43.85mi Weight 248
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