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I just bought my first triathlon bike, should I keep my road bike?

Old 04-30-10, 03:11 PM
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I just bought my first triathlon bike, should I keep my road bike?

Hello,

So I started doing triathlons about a year ago now and purchased a 2010 Felt F75 (road bike). I've decided that I wanted to push towards the 70.3 distance next year and purchased a 2008 Specialized Transition Comp .

I really like both bikes, obviously for different reasons (which I'm sure you all know). Is there a compelling argument for me to keep my road bike?

For a bit more info, I'll probably ride 3-4 times a week and I will only have time to go to flat, limited traffic area on the weekends. During the weekdays I have to ride in heavier traffic and hilly areas. If any of you live in the San Diego area, I can go to Coronado or Fiesta Island on the weekends. During the week I usually bike the 101 or local roads.


Thank you in advance for your time and help.
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Old 04-30-10, 05:25 PM
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Use the Felt for your weekly ride. You will be safer riding your road bike in the commute than the Tri bike.
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Old 04-30-10, 07:06 PM
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Originally Posted by gus6464 View Post
Use the Felt for your weekly ride. You will be safer riding your road bike in the commute than the Tri bike.
This.
Keep both unless you really need the money.
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Old 04-30-10, 08:02 PM
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Yes, keep it.
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Old 05-01-10, 07:21 AM
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keep. I dont always train on my tri bike. When on rides with the local club I take my road bike
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Old 05-02-10, 06:07 PM
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Keep the road bike. They are more maneuverable than tri bikes, and there are some courses where a road bike is more appropriate than a tri bike anyway, say a really hilly one or one with a really crowded bike course where you need to be able to weave a lot.
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Old 05-05-10, 10:52 AM
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+1 on everyones response. If traffic by you is anything like traffic by me you will fast become road pizza trying to ride a tri bike in traffic.
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Old 05-05-10, 04:13 PM
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Keep your roadbike, pop a triple and a wide range casette and go conquer some hills It will really help your training, plus your will have 2 different bikes for different purposes/terrains
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Old 05-05-10, 07:59 PM
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Also, if you like to go on group rides with roadies, they will laugh at you riding a tri bike....especially if you show up with a TT helmet.
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for another training related reason: riding the road bike requires your glutes more, and the pull up is more emphasized. some coaches recommend riding a road bike in the base and early build phases of your training to work out muscles that on your tri bike, you are trying to save for the run.
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Old 05-07-10, 12:11 AM
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Originally Posted by sirious94 View Post
for another training related reason: riding the road bike requires your glutes more, and the pull up is more emphasized. some coaches recommend riding a road bike in the base and early build phases of your training to work out muscles that on your tri bike, you are trying to save for the run.
very good point
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Old 05-10-10, 05:57 PM
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Agree with everyone above. Here's another couple of reasons:

1) If you want to join a road club and do some racing ( a very good idea which is lots of fun) you'll need a road bike as TT bikes are only allowed in solo events, groups

2) If you want to do some ITU - or similar races which allow drafting you'll also need a road bike as TT bikes are not allowed.
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Old 05-11-10, 10:09 PM
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Another thing to think about is simply that TT and Tri bikes are really only good for one thing...fairly flat, gently curving, low traffic terrain. An interesting thing to note is that a lot of long distance triathletes don't even use tri bikes, even in long races, because the added comfort of a road bike is an advantage, and also that many shorter distance racers only use their tri bikes for races, because the road bike is so much more fun to ride for training.
It is a matter of opinion, but to give a perspective, I also race road bikes, and I have a race specific very light, very agressive bike that is crazy fast, but I just don't like riding it. I have a steel framed Surly Pacer set up as light and racy as you can get a steel framed bike, and i use it for most of my road rides, and even really long races (over 100 miles).
Keep in mind, when it comes to bikes, comfort is everything. If you are not comfortable (fit for short distance, fit plus plushness for long distance) you will not be able to will the force or power out of your legs, no matter what.
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Old 05-12-10, 12:19 AM
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Wait, wait, wait, I agree with the general idea of keeping the road bike and all but some of this arguement sounds a little off...
Originally Posted by benajah View Post
Another thing to think about is simply that TT and Tri bikes are really only good for one thing...fairly flat, gently curving, low traffic terrain.
Yes, you can take them climbing but you do lose a bit of power so I generally agree with you there.
An interesting thing to note is that a lot of long distance triathletes don't even use tri bikes, even in long races, because the added comfort of a road bike is an advantage,
And that's why Chris Lieto had the fastest bike time at Kona on a Madone? oh wait...
and also that many shorter distance racers only use their tri bikes for races, because the road bike is so much more fun to ride for training.
Well that just seems like a bad idea to me, If you are planning on racing in a TT setup, then you should primarily work the muscles that you will in fact be using. "More fun" is a matter of opinion, yadda yadda...descending...yadda yadda I get it, but I have plenty of fun in aero going 30 mi/h in a straight line. Also, name one pro that NEVER trains on a TT bike.
Keep in mind, when it comes to bikes, comfort is everything. If you are not comfortable (fit for short distance, fit plus plushness for long distance) you will not be able to will the force or power out of your legs, no matter what.
I agree, comfort is very important, especially at the IM/70.3 distances, but then again, my aluminum TT bike is just as comfortable as my steel touring frame, with a good fit, a TT bike should be comfortable for very long miles. And although road bikes are useful in training as a tool, the majority of tri training should be done on the TT bike you will be racing, and the longer the race, the more time can be gained from the aerodynamic advantage of a TT bike.
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