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Originally Posted by jetta-the-hut
oh i don't have a problem with raleighs CL its just I'm 3 hours south east of there, wilmington is local CL that hardly has any on it.
Not sure I want to ride 3 hours for a bike but I might, I also own a 1978 Fiji that's being rebuilt and could prove to be a good tri bike with a little for-thought while building it.
oh and that Fuji is amazing!
Jetta, have a look at the ´tri bike on a budget´thread for some inspiration for converting your Fuji to a triathlon machine. Lots of good advice there.
As far as the Vilano bike you posted is concerned, it is entirely possible that you could move the shifters along the bar a bit (towards the brake hoods) and put a pair of clip aero bars on. But without looking at the bars it´s difficult to be 100% sure.
By the way, you don´t need
aero bars to do a triathlon, or even to be competitive in a triathlon. I have been passed many times by guys on standard road bikes, but better engines than me!
As you are thinking about getting into the sport, my rule of thumb is ´spend as little as possible, and have as much fun as possible´. If your Fuji fits well, build it up nicely and just ride the heck out of that. Lots of advice over on Classic and Vintage if you need some help with the build.
Pictures are always useful.
Hope this helps, and best of luck.