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5/11/10 3:44 P

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Great suggestions from everyone.
I like your summary. Borrow the road bike and try it, (before you tri it).
Also - For the cost, as your comfort bike is only a year old, invest in a pair of road tires for it, especially if you'll be mostly riding on the road. The bike shop will have them. Likely more narrow and have higher tire pressure capacity. Don't need over 100psi. I think you'll be surprised how lively your comfort bike is with the new tires.

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5/11/10 3:18 P

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Thanks so much for all the suggestions so far! A friend of mine who has done tri's has a road bike I might be able to borrow for the race - she actually offered to let me borrow it for the race the other day when we were discussing my bike issue, but I thought it might not work so well to train on my bike then switch to something I wasn't used to for the race. After reading the suggestions, though, it seems like a more viable option than I had given it credit for. I just sent her an email asking if the offer still stands, hopefully I could borrow her bike for the week of the race to give myself several days to get used to it. Now I'm getting excited!

My bike is only a year old and hasn't been ridden much, but I will think about looking into the slicks, especially if it looks like I might ride it for the actual race. And thanks for the reassurance that if it comes to that I would not be laughed at by the other racers!

Tiffany

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5/11/10 3:05 P

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Take your current bike to your bike shop and get it tuned up and fitted to you. The tune up will cost around $40-$60, plus any necessary repairs. If you haven't changed the tubes and/or tires in several years, definitely do that. Let the bike shop owner know what you're planning to do with the bike - (s)he can recommend tires that will work with your bike. Note: You can't really put road bike wheels/tires on a comfort bike, but they do make a type of tire called slicks that have less tread than regular tires. Less tread = less friction = easier to pedal = more speed!

If you plan to use this bike in the race, most races have what's known as the Fat Tire Division. This means that you'd be racing against women of all ages who are riding a bike other than a road or tri bike. You can still register in your age group, but then you'd be competing against women in your age division who have racing bikes. It's up to you.

Most races start the swim off in waves, and generally speaking the older and slower the group is deemed to be, the later their start. The Fat Tire division is usually in those later waves. That's not a bad way to go if you're doing an open water swim and are worried about being bashed around in the water. The later waves are usually smaller and the folks a bit less competitive and willing to thrash those around them.

Another suggestion would be to borrow a bike from a friend. Also, keep an eye out on Craigslist. Sometimes you can find a bargain there.



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5/11/10 2:59 P

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A lot of local bike shops will rent them. You would just have to check with the place for prices. I'm not sure how much it would run.

Edited by: HISTORIKELL at: 5/11/2010 (15:00)
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5/11/10 2:57 P

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any idea where to rent that kind of bike and how much it would cost to rent it?

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5/11/10 2:41 P

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great tips, and good luck on your race's. I have seen all types of bikes doing my tri's and I do not think I have laughed at any one, just have fun and enjoy the race, and when you get the tri bug, then maybe the husband will loosing up.


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I love both of the suggestions you've received thus far. Train on your current bike. Just be sure it is in top condition. Then you have the choice of riding it in the race (I have seen every imaginable style bike in tris.) or rent a bike for the race. Maybe even see if they would credit the rental cost to a new purchase in the future. It doesn't hurt to ask.

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Get your tires pumped up, train on your 'comfort bike,' which I'm sure is super heavy, and then rent a road or tri bike for your race. Just make sure you rent it for a few days so you have a chance to get used to how it feels, shifts, etc. before the race. If you train on a heavy bike and then ride a super lightweight one in the race, you'll blow 'em away!

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I'm doing my first Sprint and am not getting a new bike for it. I have a heavy, fat tire bike with a basket and will be using that. I didn't want to invest in something new since I wasn't sure I'd do another one. I may be a laughed at, but oh well.

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5/11/10 1:53 P

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Hi all - I am training for my first marathon in Nov. and have included swimming for cross-training as part of my training plan. The thing is, the more I go and swim the more I think - I could totally do a sprint triathlon! There is one not far from me at the end of Aug., part of the SheROX series, that I am interested in. My problem is that I don't have a road bike, and digging up the funds to get even an entry level one is causing some friction with the hubby as funds in general are tight right now.

emoticon I do own a 21-speed "comfort" bike, but it has fat tires and flat handle bars - not racing material. I did notice on another post, though, that someone had their mountain bike fitted with thin tires? Would something like that work for my bike so that I don't have to invest in a new one, or would I look totally ridiculous? Since this would be my first race, I'm really just looking to finish, not terribly worried about time.

I have seen entry level road bikes on ebay for around $250 but would like to keep costs lower, if at all possible. If I can't I may have to scrap the idea until next year. Any thoughts/advice I could get on how to make this happen without dropping hundreds of dollars would be greatly appreciated!

Tiffany

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