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Old 12-19-01, 11:02 AM
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MichaelW
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You need to get a bike of the correct size, and good smaller bikes are hard to find 2nd hand. New ones are gonna a min $800. Clubs are the best source for quality used bikes, esp if you know the previous owner.

You ought to consider a used general purpose road racing bike, rather than a special tri machine. My brothers gf has had some very successful tri results on a 2nd hand Trek road bike.

If your wife is new to cycling or tri, then she will need to work on her riding position. Join a local triathalon club and get some help. Tri setup is a little different to road bikes, but you can change seatposts and stems to get the position right. Its not something you adapt to quickly, it may take a few months to pin down a good riding position.
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