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Specialized Transition Pro for Casual Rider

Old 07-02-15, 05:13 PM
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Specialized Transition Pro for Casual Rider

I often look through Craigslist in the bike section for road bikes that will suit me better for riding the local bike trail with friends rather than my mountain bike. I'm pretty much as amature as they get when it comes to cycling. My question is, is the Specialized Transition Pro a good fit for me since I found one for only $600? I've found out that it's a triathlon bike, but will I be alright just using it on our local trail with a couple of friends? The only reason I'm really considering such a bike is because the price falls in line with other road bikes.
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Old 07-02-15, 05:43 PM
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No, that's a triathlon bike and is meant for going in a straight line (mostly) on smooth pavement and not close to other riders. Things like comfort, handling and so on are all sacrificed for SPEED. I'd suggest looking at something else.

You'll want to look for a CROSS bike. (also referred to as cyclocross, CX, cycle-cross, etc.) They're going to look like a normal road bike but have various characteristics that make them suitable for doing some light trail riding.

If you let us know your basic height/weight, I'm sure we can find something on your local-ish craigslist near your price-range.
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+1 a triathlon bike is specialized in its design to the point it's not useful outside its intended purpose. It would be like driving a formula one car to the grocery store.
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... It would be like driving a formula one car to the grocery store.
i would so do that if i had one.
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Alright thanks for the input. FYI my bad for being a bit unclear, the bike "trail" that I was trying to describe is totally paved. I'm about 120 pounds and 5'8" and my price range really varies if there's a good deal for a decent bike for like $300 I'll buy it but if there's a better deal at say $750 I'll buy that instead lol
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a dedicated tri bike with aero bars is the opposite of what a casual rider needs
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I saw a guy once on a TT bike on a very heavily used local trail. The trail is paved but showing many signs of wear--bumps and lumps and irregularities. He was riding with a buddy who had a road bike. I rode behind them for a while, and I was frustrated with a pace of some 20km/h because of the road condition and various bike traffic, pedestrians, and runners. I imagined I looked pretty silly in my road bike and kit. The guy on the TT bike looked even more so. Don't be that guy!
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Lol yeah I was thinking along the same lines. Thanks for the input everyone
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Originally Posted by mcours2006 View Post
I saw a guy once on a TT bike on a very heavily used local trail. The trail is paved but showing many signs of wear--bumps and lumps and irregularities. He was riding with a buddy who had a road bike. I rode behind them for a while, and I was frustrated with a pace of some 20km/h because of the road condition and various bike traffic, pedestrians, and runners. I imagined I looked pretty silly in my road bike and kit. The guy on the TT bike looked even more so. Don't be that guy!
Maybe he was riding easy on the trail to get to or from a good place to really open it up and do some proper TT-style efforts?
Maybe he had an event soon and was just riding it easy to make sure it was in good condition?

Presumptuous post is presumptuous.

Although not the perfect tool for the job, there are many circumstances in which riding a TT bike on the bike path at 20km/hr is perfectly appropriate. On the flip side, riding a TT bike on the bike path at >40km/hr is basically never appropriate.

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Maybe he was riding easy on the trail to get to or from a good place to really open it up and do some proper TT-style efforts?
Maybe he had an event soon and was just riding it easy to make sure it was in good condition?

Presumptuous post is presumptuous.

Although not the perfect tool for the job, there are many circumstances in which riding a TT bike on the bike path at 20km/hr is perfectly appropriate. On the flip side, riding a TT bike on the bike path at >40km/hr is basically never appropriate.

Just my 2 cents.
Yeah,..no. No presuming anything. Just looked silly alongside kids with training wheels, beach cruiser, jogging strollers, and dog walkers.

But, yes, riding at 40km/h on the trail would have been stupid.
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I'll agree with you there, it does look stupid haha, even though it may be totally warranted in one of only a few contexts.
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This one is practically the same as what I ride, myself. Good bike and good price: Trek road bike

This guy has some old school stuff on the cheap: Vintage and New Road Bicycles

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Awesome bike: 2002 Litespeed Arenberg Titanium - 55cm

Two available at good price, maybe a little large? GIANT - OCR-1, 2 each, Shimano Ultegra

Also, Fuji: Road Bike - Fuji Professional

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Nice, maybe a tad overpriced: CANNONDALE Road Bike
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Thanks for the input! I think I like the Bianchi, the second to last one you posted so I've contacted the seller and have yet to get a reply.
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