Okay, I am training for a few triathlons this summer. I have been a cyclist for awhile. I have run for years now. I started swimming some the last half of last summer. I think I can put all of these together if I concentrate my training.
My big question however is about my bike. I have a steel road bike with aerobars right now. It fits good and is a pretty nice riding ROAD bike. I have the chance to score a Softride Solo frame in my size with a couple of extras for a good price.
I would transfer all of my components to the new frame. The only thing I would have to buy is bar end shifters if I decide that I don't want to use my STI's. What do you think of this frame? I know it is not the latest Powerwing or TT version, but I can not afford a new frame. Thanks for your opinions!!!
Do you really want your only bike to be a tri-specific ride? Do you ever do group rides or ride intense hills? If it were me and I liked the frame, I would buy it and purchase components for it...but that's just me.
Since the frame takes up little space and doesn't eat anything buy it and hang it on the wall. As you can afford to build it up do so. That way you'll have a tri specific bike and a "regular" bike for riding.
I'm going to say from experience that its impossible to have a frame around and not buy components for it(I got a good pric on a tri frame last August). But along those same lines, I got a whole bike together with some decent specs (vision aero and base bar, FSA Gossamer crank, Selle Italia seat, Shimano 600 components, and some basic training wheels) for $400. Mind you, people sell stuff for a lot cheaper between October and December than January and march so it isn't exactly a buyers market right now.
My point is, if you have a frame you'll want a bike. You can get a bike put together for cheap if you're patient. Otherwise, get the frame and do some thinking, at least then you'll have the frame for when it drives you crazy thinking about the bike you could have. I'll be posting pictures of my new bike sooner or later.
Heres how it all went down. I found the frame on ebay and it didn't have any bids so I offered to meet the guys offine to work out a deal locally. He really didn't want to deal with shipping so he was happy to. The frame was custom made for his team in 2000-01 so its fairly nice and was basically similar dimensions of a Felt which I have been fitted on, except this had a little longer headtube so I have no spacers. I then found barend shifters and deraileurs on either triathlete.com classifeds or ebay(total for the shifters and derailleurs was $20-25 shipped). Got the aerobars(VisionTech) used but the basebar(also VisionTech) new. I already had the crank/BB and everything else was ordered on Nashbar or Performance bike with %20 off coupons. Except the wheels which were a training set I picked up, but once I start racing seriously I'll get something a little more aero. All in all, I think the bike looks good, and I'll try and get a hold of a camera sooner or later to post pics.
In all reality, your bike will suffice for what you need it to and probably help you suceed, its got skinny tires and aerobars and rides well. If it means feeding yourself or gettnig the frame, you know the obvious choice. However, this could give you a chance to expirement in building up a bike and knowing what exactly you want (If all else fails sell the components on ebay anytime before July and yuo'll most likely get your money back). I don't want to be the one pushing you on something you should decide but I thought I'd show that there is many options.
Everyone's advice is greatly appreciated! I am thinking that I might buy it for now and just look at it for a while. Then I will build it up slowly as a tri-specific bike. Then I will have a roadie and a tri... I am pretty sure that I could even sell it on ebay for more than I am getting it for, so nothing really lost. Any more suggestions?
Oh yeah, what about this frame as a road bike? I have heard several people state that these softride frames are really comfortable even on centuries and the like. Does anyone ride this bike for stuff other than tri's?
josh, "I have never used aero bars and think they are a waste of money if you arent a pro athlete." this is a fairly ridiculous statement. Aerobars add comfort and speed, if you are even semi-competitive you should want both. Oh well to each his own