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Old 05-14-10, 07:40 AM
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Bike for a Newbie TriAthlete

A friend of mine sent me this:

I was considering doing a Triathlon Sprint this summer, and I was in search of a road bike. I like to spend less than $800. I found this bike online, what do you think of it? I just like the price isn't too high and it looks cool. Take a peek when you're bored.


OK…First I told him that he had to know what size bike he needs and really should ride the bike and see how it feels. I know I rode at 7 bikes before I purchased mine. Having said that, all you Tri-Athletes out there can you give him some advice? BTW he is a certified personal trainer and certified spin instructor and in great shape. Comments on his bike choice appreciated.

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Bang for buck he probably won't do better on new equipment. But you already pointed out one of the two biggest problems: fitting a bike he hasn't ridden. The other is getting is set up right. If he can't do it himself he need to have a good friend that can or else give up a good chunk of what he saved on the bike to a have the LBS tune up a new bike.
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only thing i would say is check craigslist, remember that is just a road bike with aerobars, so you could try with a budget of $700 and then get some aerobars yourself.
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I say go for it.....For a tri frame go smaller than you would for a Road bike . the groupo is fine the rear der. is great. nice cranks, go for it you got a great deal.....
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