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Old 05-15-11, 02:38 PM
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1st road bike suggestion

As the title of this post says, I'm looking to possibly purchase my 1st road bike. I'm not looking to spend a lot of money, but I'm looking for something that might be decent if I decide to do a time trial or a tri. I'm in good shape and a good runner (2:40 marathoner--don't know if that makes a difference) and I sometimes get competitive, so I guess I would like something that is not too too slow if I decide to race. My brother has a Bianchi (I think) road bike from the mid 90s that I could possibly fix up. The only problem is he's about 4 inches taller than me so the frame might be too large. I also looked on e-bay and saw a few Shimano Vilanos with a 54 cm frame (I'm 5'9) in the $250 range. The max I'd be willing to spend would be about 350-400. Any suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks
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Your price range is a little low for "something that might be decent" or "competitive". Also, you should decide if you want a road bike, tri bike or time trial bike. Not being a jerk, but that's my suggestion.
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Not to want to hurt your feelings, but people age 60 do 2:40 marathons.

You want to do timetrails or tri's and yet you want a bike for less than $400 and race competitively?
In the world of racers ... $400 is a crankset, not a bike.

For $400 you can find an okay used bike and have loads of fun with it though
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I guess my question is would an entry level road bike weighing about 24 lbs be pathetically slow for a triathlon? My current Diamondback Outlook Mtn bike is definitely slow on the roads. I don't have the experience to justify spending 1000 + bucks on a competitive racing bike, just looking to gain experience using a bike that would at least be reasonable. Also would a 58-60cm frame be way too large for someone who is 5'8-5'9? My brother has a road bike that he used to race time trials and a few criteriums about 10 years ago which I could possibly fix up and use.
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Originally Posted by ps41
Also would a 58-60cm frame be way too large for someone who is 5'8-5'9?
Yes.

Inseam matters as much as overall height, but I'm 6ft and ride a 56
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Ha! 2:40 for a 60 year old is sick, but still not as impressive as 4 dipping under 2:05 in Boston.
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My granduncle did marathons at 82 in 3:40, but that isn't the issue.
In a triathlon you need to do a solo timetrial of anything between 40k and 180k and at that speed and over that distance the difference between an actual timetrialbike and even a very nice roadbike is huge.
The big difference isn't made by the weight, which only has a marginal effect on speed, but by the aerodynamics of the bike and especially the position.
You don't want to take your $250 entry level roadbike to a tri
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Thanks. Time trial bikes are expensive! In terms of just doing hilly 25 to 100 mile rides, would there be a huge difference between a hybrid and a road bike? I have a hybrid that is in decent condition, but I'm thinking investing in a road bike is the way to go, especially if I do any group rides.
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