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1/31/10 7:46 P

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Lynn - Suh-weet bike! I think you made a good decision. Now go get yourself some PRs this season!

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1/31/10 4:50 P

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Lynne:
Great call on the Roubaix + aerobars.

I have the 2007 version (got a great deal on the top-end model) and am busy riding it into the ground. I have no need for any other bike - it's far better than I am...

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1/31/10 4:10 P

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Thanks all....It's not quite 30 degrees, but sunny and calm....So I'm going to give it a spin soon as I get off of here! Can't wait!


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1/31/10 10:30 A

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I think you made a great call on your bike. Enjoy it!

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1/31/10 9:34 A

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Lynn, Your new bike looks sweet! You will love it, and I'm sure it will serve all the purposes you'd like fo it. And, you will notice a big difference riding it from your old bike. ENJOY!

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1/31/10 9:12 A

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R&R was fun. Last year was the 1st year for it being a R&R race...before that it was called the Chicago Distance Classic 1/2 marathon. The course was very similar and the bands added a little fun along the way. We weren't familiar with the big act that did the final concert though. Maybe it will start drawing some bigger bands in the future. Enjoy your new purchase and I do hope you stay injury free and meet your goals!

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1/31/10 8:07 A

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Nice to hear you like it! As for the cost going down, isn't that true of everything! Goes to show the markup on stuff....but then...people have to make money.

I notice you are also in the Chicago area and that you did the R & R 1/2 Marathon. I am halfway considering this one for this year if I can stay injury free! Never even did a 10K but hoping to this spring. The R & R one is cool b/c every mile is broken up with a rock band and every mile in between that mile is a water station. So...I figure that helps keep you going!

Best wishes on your running and thanks for your comment!


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1/31/10 12:02 A

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I have the Roubaix as well and love it. Kinda wish I had waited though, because the deals now are much better!

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1/30/10 9:25 P

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Thank you all for your input. You affirmed my decision. A road bike it is and that's what I bought this afternoon. Here is a picture of my new Fuji Roubaix. It was a 2009 model, so got a decent price.

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I added some aero bars and am good to go... Now, if only the weather would cooperate!

I will be going to some coaching classes where we bring our bikes and hook them onto trainers. A coach I worked with before teaches the classes so at least I'll have some time on it.

Thanks again for your input!


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1/30/10 5:21 P

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if you live near performance go and check out what they have. they probably have bikes marked down now. if you can find a carbon fiber road bike that will fit you for the right price, go for it. i bought a carbon fiber fuji from performance that was marked down. i have ridden bikes for many years, and i was almost laughing with joy how smooth the ride was and how light the bike was. if you can spend a little more money for it (mine was 2200 bike for 1400 plus i got money(in merchandise) back by joining "team performance". plus the components were ultegra.
the only only problem for me is i am 5'2" and my bike doesn't fit me perfectly, we had to monkey around with it.
a similar trek will cost me around 2800 dollars. fujis at performance a great value, so long as you can find the right fit. i am looking at some wsd bikes now..i wish fuji made true WSD bikes.

for the road vs tri bike question-i have not ridden a tri bike or time trial bike. i hear they are not comfortable, so if you are planning on doing group rides or bike tours the road bike would be better in my opinion.



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1/30/10 3:33 P

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Hi! If you are racing to win, then by all means invest in a tri bike. If you are racing for fun (the majority of us) go for the road bike. I have a "Giant" which I put aero bars on. In most of my races, I spend equal amounts of time in the aero position as up. I am grateful when I am in crowded situations that my gears are NOT out in front-unless you are very experienced, I think it can be dangerous.

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1/30/10 12:30 P

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Hubby has a hybrid and he's added "toys" like aero bars and a special seat and better tires, etc. Look at the requirements on some of the events you want to enter. Some don't allow tri bikes, they require road bikes or hybrids, because of the terrain.

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1/30/10 11:54 A

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Lynn - I would go with a road bike (and I did when I was looking last year). The only reason I can think of to get a tri bike is to shave time off of your cycling. The thing is, unless you're a higher level athlete the difference between a tri bike and road bike is really not going to make that much of a difference, especially at the sprint and olympic distance levels. If you're thinking of Half or Full Ironmans, well maybe you'd want to consider a tri bike.

That being said, tri bikes are uncomfortable for touring (my chiropractor and I had a conversation about that this past week). If you want to tour with your bike club, then get a road bike, and add aero bars for your tris.

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1/30/10 11:27 A

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I think when you ride a few, you will find the one you want, and it is always the most $$$ . but I picked up a lot of time switching from a rode bike to a TT bike. And I still have my mountain bike for the days I like to mix it up with the young bucks. and some times this old man gives them a run for their money.

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HI GW...Swim Fan!

Thanks for your info! I will take these things into consideration. I have a neighbor who has a coworker whose hubby works at this Performance place. I'm thinking I may ask for his name and use someone I know through a friend. This bike hunt thing is intimidating!
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1/30/10 10:24 A

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THANKS...I had noticed that (no rounded handle bars) and that was my question... What difference this would make. Live in IL, so mostly not hilly...but there are places that are here and there.

I wish I knew for sure WHAT I wanted! Face it...no matter what we get, we'll still wish we had this or that... Whatever I do get, will certainly be better than what I have now for racing. Have a $400.00 hybrid bike, and although she's a Cinderella beauty, she doesn't fly in a triathlon! Good on those trails though and just for fun.


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1/30/10 10:23 A

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I have a TT bike and still do group rides and have no problems. I think getting fitted is important and love carbon fiber, light and fast. But the it is a personal choice so ride a few and spend some time getting fitted no mater what you buy.


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Looks like a great bike! One thing to think about though - it doesn't have drop handlebars. So your hand positions might be more limited. I spend a lot of time on the bends or the drops. Especially for climbing you won't be in aero. It all depends on what you want, I just wanted to bring it up... Good luck!

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1/30/10 10:11 A

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Thanks... I'm thinking about the road touring...but am not sure. I found this bike at Performance.com (I will be going to their local shop near me):
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It has what you talked about...removable aero bars....


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1/30/10 9:38 A

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If you're hoping to do bike touring as well as triathlons on the same bike, get a road bike. You don't use aerobars in a group, so you can add the clip-on aerobars for tris and then remove them. One of my friends got a tri bike, and now wishes he didn't for the exact reason that he can't ride it on group rides.

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Get under 6 hours for a half Ironman triathlon
Get under 8 min/mi for a 5K - DONE 4/3

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Jan 15-17 Bermuda Half Challenge (8:15 Mile, 1:01:20 10K, and 2:11:32 half marathon)
June 6 Mooseman 70.3 triathlon (6:30:25)
Aug 22 Timberman 70.3 triathlon (6:10:14)


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1/30/10 9:31 A

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I'm hoping to finally purchase a new bike this weekend! I'm going to a bike shop highly recommended by my swim team buddies, mostly who also do triathlons. One thinks I should get a Tri bike since I plan on keeping my hybrid bike (there are nice crushed limestone bike trails near me which are not good for road bikes and I'd like to still ride on those for fun). BUT...I hear that Tri bikes are not good for bike TOURING....Like if I wanted to join our local bike club, they do a lot of tours...and many triathletes are in that same bike club, but I don't know what they ride on in these bike tours.

I am 54 yrs young, 3rd year of doing triathlons this year, not out to break any records, but do like to do well but will just be happy to finish strong.

So...I'm thinking a road bike with added aero bars might fit my needs best...but do the bikes that come with aero bars that have the controls in them mean it is exclusively a tri bike? Is it a good idea to get those?

What are your thoughts?

Much appreciated!
Lynn

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