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    butterfly
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    confused....help me out

    Hey to all....I have just joined, for a couple of of reasons...to get advice from all of you experts out there!...and also fill in my so called social life, as I am too busy with training to go out and make new friends ! I am so into triathlons at the moment...probably a mid life crisis (all of 38yrs old). I have already completed 2 triathlons, and actually finished the race.....well honestly, the first tri i did one lap instead of two, only cause I was following every one else . Anyway, for those 2 tri's I borrowed a bike. Now because I have got the addiction, I am out to buy a bike....oh my goodness...how many different brands are out there. Basically I have up to $2500 to spend. I have heard of different brands, (hopefully I am spelling these right ! ) eg Giant TCR, Specialized ruby elite, beachi ( i know that is wrong spelling), ultegra(or is that something to do with the gear stuff), cannondale, avanti ....you can really tell I am new to this. Can someone tell me which is a suited bike for me.....I am so so so confused...regards butterfly

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    Triathlon in my future??? flip18436572's Avatar
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    Go to a couple of your local bike shops and talk to all of them. Find the one that you feel comfortable with that will work with you in your desire to do TRI's. Ask about having a bike fitted for you up front and see what each will do for you. Do not buy at the first place you go into and do not tell them you are going to be checking out all of the bike shops. Find the one you feel comfortable with and the one that seems to really care about you and what you want and not just a sales person.

    Ask other bike people in your area of where to buy and what shop is the best at treating their customers and servicing the bikes the best. To me a brand name really doesn't mean too much, unless they are going to sponsor you with a newly fitted bike.
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    Senior Member thehammerdog's Avatar
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    $2500 is a Fine bike

    Dude, I am so jealous. I would say simply go to several shops and get a feel for the staff and knowledge of Tri's. The bike Brand is less important than your actual fit. Unless you need to ride a specific bike frame remember most are all made in China/Taiwan. Fit at that proce rang is key that and support from a knowledgeable staff. Keep us all informed of your results. Remember a good fitting cheap bike is far better than a costly poor fitting bike....Lastly, good wheels are also very Important avoid getting impressed with expensive Bars / Stems I had a shop pushing a Specialized Transition because it has a $500 set of bars but cheaper wheels......

    Good Luck.

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    Senior Member Garfield Cat's Avatar
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    Assuming you can get the bike used or a new frameset, try the Cervelo Dual for triathlons.

    check out this web site: http://www.bikesportmichigan.com/rev...veloDual.shtml

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