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Discussion: Road Bike vs Tri Bike

Subject: Road Bike vs Tri Bike

By: Dax M.

Written on: Friday March 16, 2012

Message: Hey! So i'm new to this whole triathlon stuff. I've just finished a few sprint triathlons and just getting ready for another one in April. I'm looking to get me a decent bike and just wondering what the big difference is between a road bike and a tri bike. I'm a poor college student so any help in deciding the right bike the first time would be awesome. Thanks!

Subject: RE: Road Bike vs Tri Bike

By: Willard H.

Written on: Friday March 16, 2012

Message: Try an internet search, and read some of the articles and forums that pop up. There is a lot of information that can help you make a good decision. IMHO, a good road bike with some attached aero bars will do you fine and is more versatile if you are just doing shorter races (up to olympic). If you are going to do longer races a tri bike may benefit you because of the increased aerodynamics, and perhaps better legs for the run. Here is one article I found useful:
http://www.fitwerx.com/road-bike-v s-triathlon-bike-which-is-for-me

Subject: RE: Road Bike vs Tri Bike

By: Suzanne C.

Written on: Friday March 16, 2012

Message: Are you going to ride it for anything other than tri? i.e. road racing or group rides? If not, I would go with a tri bike. Like WH said though, a good entry level road bike with aero bars are fine too if you can find one more affordable.

Whatever way you go though, I think the most important thing is the FIT! Make sure you go to your LBS, test all of their bikes in your price range and get the advice of a professional bike fitter (not just a sales guy).

If you don't already own clip in shoes and other accessories make sure to add those to your budget too. You don't want to end up with a sweet ass ride and toe cages :)

Subject: RE: Road Bike vs Tri Bike

By: Jim R.

Written on: Friday March 16, 2012

Message: A tri bike will save your legs for the run in a IM and some HIM. If your doing shorter races now, choose the road bike.

Figure out your budget, then figure out whats out there for that price and go try them out!

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