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2013-07-20 8:49 AM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
I have both. Keep in mind most of us didn't run out and buy both at once. Usually, it's first comes road bike, then comes tri bike (then comes aero helmet and a set of $$$$ race wheels

I raced tris on my road bike for 6 years before getting a tri bike.


2013-07-20 9:18 AM
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I originally wanted to get a tri bike because I thought I would only train alone and didn't want to ride in group rides. I experienced a bit of price tag shock when I first looked and realized that the bikes are built for 1 specific purpose so there aren't any real entry level tri bikes. You can get a decent entry level road bike for half the cost that is much more versitle.

A year later and I've started to ride with a group of friends. We will probably enter a 60mile bike race in October and just have fun with it. ts something I didn't think I would ever do until the opportunity presented itself.

Good luck on your choice!
2013-07-20 4:51 PM
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I use my tri bike for training and my road bike for commuting.
2013-07-20 8:53 PM
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Cervelo P2 and S2. There is one hilly race where I use my road bike. Same course for next years Age Group Worlds ...
2013-07-21 8:33 PM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
Depends on what you want to do, ultimately. I own both, Cervelo P1, just an entry level tri bike that I have started to upgrade, for racing and solo rides. Scott Foil 30 is my road bike for group rides, and just whenever I don't feel like riding the Cervelo. I say if you are just getting into tris, then use an existing bike, whatever you have or can borrow, and determine if you like it, before you go and drop $ on either a road or a tri bike. I have found myself in the middle of a race wondering why I do this as a hobby, when I could be sitting on the couch with a scotch or something, but I keep coming back for more. So, I figured that was enough to go and buy a bike.
2013-07-22 11:27 AM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
I started with a a road bike and added clip on bars then this year getting read y for my 70.3 and taking it more serious I bought a Shiv and kept the road bike as well.

As most have said about 70% of my training is on the road bike due to riding with friends and a lot of my training is in the mountains.


2013-07-22 11:41 AM
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I have both.  Started off with a roadie (Specialized steel frame Allez) and I still have a long lasting deep love with this special young lady.  Maybe I'm a little crazy to love my bike....

However, I found a great used Tri bike last fall that I had on my trainer all winter and now that is what I pretty much exclusively train on.  I even take it in group rides, but I'm very cautious.  I tend not to get into the pass lines until after the group starts to spread out.  Some of the really aggressive roadies like having me there cuz I'm a tri bike (d-bag).  They are kidding but they like how we can push the pace too.

I keep my roadie well tuned up and it is on my trainer now to hop on if there is rain or I just need a change of pace.  Also I keep my roadie becasue I like to do RAGBRAI, which unfortunately I won't be doing this year.

 

2013-07-22 12:30 PM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
Started out with a road bike (Felt Z25) and then got into tris 3 years later. Immediately bought a P2 and loved that bike. About 7 weeks ago, I got hit by a car training on it, so I jumped at the chance to upgrade to a Cervelo P5.

I see lots of people in tris on road bikes. Some with aero bars and some without. Whatever it takes, just get out there and have fun.

I train mostly on my tri bike, but ride my roadie for slower, recovery rides and some interval work.

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2013-07-22 12:33 PM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
I own both. And nope, it's definite the economic way to go. But I will say that after months of hard training on my tri bike, rolling out on my road bike is a joy.

Probably the best compromise I've seen is a nice aero road bike with a tri setup. I've seen them frequently on the roads and then of course they were prominent in the 2nd time trial of the tour.
2013-07-22 12:46 PM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
Currently I have five bikes, four of which see fairly regular use. I have listed them below in the order of importance to me and given the reason why each falls where it does in the priority list.

1) Cyclocross - this bike mainly sees use for cyclocross racing (which I didn't do last season and probably won't this year due to scheduling issues) however if I could only have one bike, this would be it. Add slicks and it is good for road racing/training, clipons for triathlon/TT and rack/fenders and it is good for commuting.

2) Road - most training is logged on this bike; very comfortable and I generally do lots of training in groups with youth and junior athletes. It usually has a set of clipon aerobars although I haven't done a triathlon on this bike because it is helpful when training these athletes how to draft in a triathlon.

3) Fixie - commuter - great for commuting throughout the year, most of my riding is on this bike

4) Tri bike - I've raced almost every triathlon I've done on this bike (got it in season 2 of racing) with the exception of draft legal events since I've gotten this bike as well as several TT's. It sees a few rides each year outside of racing but is generally just used on race day

5) Mountain bike - sees a couple of rides a year but I'm much more of a road rider than a mountain biker so this mainly collects dust

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2013-07-22 12:53 PM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
I have:
1 Tri bike (Cervelo P2) - for going fast
1 Cyclocross bike that doubles as a roadbike (Scott Team CX) - for training
1 Comfort / mountain bike (Giant Cypress) - for riding with the kids and on some mild trails

I absolutely need a few more. I still need a 'climbing' road bike (a light Pinarello Dogma would do), an aero roadbike in case I sign up for a critarium (Cervelo S5 perhaps) , a 29" Hardtail, a Cross Country Mountain bike, a folding bike for when I travel. My wife thinks I have 2 or 3 too many already.




2013-07-22 1:20 PM
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Subject: RE: Do you own a road bike for training & a tri bike for races?
BTW, there was a quote about this that was on some website or email that made the rounds a while back. It goes something like:

X-1= the number of bikes you need

where

X= the number of bikes it will take for your spouse to divorce you
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