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    Triathlon Rookie - Need Bike Advise

    Hey everyone,
    Looking to get some information on any bikes that anyone would recommend for a rookie to the triathlon world. I would like to start running triathlons in the near future and choosing the right bike is a huge hurdle. Not necessarily looking for a triathlon specific bike because I am new to the sport, just want to find a solid road bike that is good for starting off and won't fall apart halfway through my first race (and doesn't break the bank either). Any input is greatly appreciated.


    Thank you very much

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    Start looking at the local bike shops and in the paper for used bikes. Anything can get you started. Even a mountain bike.

    Ask if there are any bike/tri clubs in the area. You might find a used bike from one of the members.

    That being said, how much do you want to spend?
    Road bike?
    Hybrid?
    What are you looking for?

    Snookdude

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    Yea, I did check out a few local bike shops actually and I'm also signing up for the Jersey Shore Tri Club, but I thought it would be good first to get some info on a few things from people who have been there before, rather than from someone who is trying to sell me a bike.

    As for my budget, I want to buy a good reliable bike but I am new so I dont intend on getting too crazy, I'd say $1000 is the highest i would wanna go. And from that price range and my experience I would probly be best going with a road bike, correct? That's the sort of things I am really unsure about as of now.

    Thanks again

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    I would probably start with a road bike. With your budget you should be able to get a fitting at your LBS and buy a new entry level bike.

    Any component group will work, as long as it has brifters.

    Just make sure you get the right size and you should be set.


    Don't forget you will probably need a helmet, pedals, shoes, shorts, repair kit, computer, etc.

    The extras can add up to a couple hundred dollars quick.

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    Dont do one with a mountain bike, I did my first tri monday on a mtn bike, i was churning away and it looked like everyone on road bikes just cruised right on by with ease, so my mtn bike is going on ebay this week.

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    Should I be the first to say Trek 1500?
    Cyclists of the world, unite! You have nothing to lube but your chains!

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    Quote Originally Posted by caloso
    Should I be the first to say Trek 1500?
    I think that the Trek 1000 model has been voted the best valued model by Bicycling magazine for several years in a row. I don't know the difference b/t the two, but I imagine the 1500 costs a little bit more.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rplong
    I think that the Trek 1000 model has been voted the best valued model by Bicycling magazine for several years in a row. I don't know the difference b/t the two, but I imagine the 1500 costs a little bit more.
    I bought the Trek 1000 last year for my first triathlon. All around a very solid bike. The 1500 costs about $400 more than the 1000. The main difference is better rims and Shimano 105 components. If you get the Trek 1000 and add the extra equipment and clothes that you will need like some else said you should be right around the $1000 point. You will not be dissapointed in the Trek 1000 for a first tri bike. I did two tris last year and will eventually get a better bike but not for a few years.

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    Awesome! Thank you very much. The guy I first talked to at the bike shop recommended the 1500 but at around $1100 I wanted to get some riders' input before agreeing with a saleman. I'm definitely going to check out the 1000 now too and look into those upgrades. Any opinions on a Felt bike? My brother bought a Felt F80 for his first bike so I've been looking into those a little. I've checked out the F85-z80 and z90 and the big differences are, as in the Trek, the Ultegra-Tiagra components. They are around the same prices as the Treks so does it just come down to what I feel more comfortable on? Or would some of you recommend the Felt over a Trek?...or vice versa?

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    Buy the one that fits you the best. Your comfort and FIT on the bike is the most important.

    Snookdude

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    Sounds good, thanks a lot. I can't thank you guys enough, all this information has been awesome and now I'm more pumped than ever to get this bike. Thank you again.

    -Dan

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    Since I assume you are by the Jersey Shore, go to Brielle Cyclery, I like that store a lot. They can find a bike for what you need... road bike with aero bars and tri fitting.

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