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4/9/09 9:34 P

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Congrats on the new bike! I hope you enjoy many happy miles together...

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4/8/09 9:23 P

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Enjoy your new bike - nothing like riding around on a new one, or a trusted old one...

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4/8/09 7:40 P

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Well I got one. I went to each of the stores in our area, and looked at the bikes in my price range. I ended up getting a Specialized Allez. I rode bikes at each of the stores. This one fit me perfectly. I am 6ft tall, but most of my height is in my torso so i tend to have trouble finding a bike that is comfortable when i am tucked down. I usually feel stretched out to far. I rode this and felt perfect. Thanks for the tips.

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REDRAIDER911's Photo REDRAIDER911 Posts: 20
4/8/09 4:41 P

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Thanks for the advise. I'm going to start looking this afternoon.

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4/8/09 11:31 A

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+1 on what Jim said.

However, I'd definitely hesitate to buy your first Tri bike used. Tri bikes have to FIT you like a glove and they have totally different geometry and riding position to a roadbike. The only way to get the right size is to get fitted for one. Head to your LBS and see what they have and if they have a bike in your size to try out.

Saying that though, $1000 isn't going to get you a lot of Tri bike. You'd get far more bike for your money if you doubled your budget, and you'd likely get a better set of wheels for it too. Wheels make a whole load of difference. In a Tri/TT I'd rather have more aero wheels than a more aero frame.

The other alternative is to do what I do - stick a pair of clip-on aerobars to your roadbike. I've used my aerobars for a year now and have done stand-alone TTs and duathlons no problems. Again, fit is the key. I'd definitely recommend this route for your first year or two (I'm only now thinking of getting a Tri bike built up) and see if you can handle the position on your roadbike.



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If God invented marathons to keep people from doing anything more stupid, the triathlon must have taken Him completely by surprise.
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4/8/09 8:03 A

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I would thinkhard and fast as to what you really want out of a bike? If you know you are going to be doing Tri's from now until you are no longer physically able to them .... well invest in a nice bike and you may have to increase your amount of what you are willing to spend.

I would try out several bikes and re-try them out again to see which geometry you like and then find which manufacturer has those same geometric lines.

If you have a bike shop and they are associated with a local bike club see if they will allow you to test ride their bike on the clubs ride. I did this on several bikes before I bought. Our Wed. night club ride is over 30 miles so I really got to get a good feel on the bike. Thus, I was able to decide faster than others.

I know in my local area of craigslist their are a ton of TT bikes or road bikes set up for Tri's for sale. Some of the bikes are a couple of years old and are fully carbon and with decent components and wheel sets going from $1100 to $2700.00.

If you know what you like and what frame size you need you may be able to get a good steal of a price. You good always upgrade.

There have been other post similar to your question with great information on it as well so look for those links and read up on it as well.

Jim

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REDRAIDER911's Photo REDRAIDER911 Posts: 20
4/8/09 3:27 A

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I currently ride a KHS Flight 300 with the carbon fork. I like it but I am looking at getting another bike. I am looking at spending around 1000 on it. I will mainly be using this for triathlons. Suggestions?

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