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$500 for tri/road bike(10 posts)

$500 for tri/road bikeJaime
Aug 23, 2001 8:48 AM
A friend of a friend is looking to spend $500 on a NEW bike for triathlons. Any ideas? He is not interested in used stuff.

Thanks for the replies,

Jaime
unrealisticDog
Aug 23, 2001 8:57 AM
It would be tough to get a worth racing bike for $500 used. Heck, the wheels, frame, or components alone (each)can cost that much. I'd try eBay first.

Dog
Tell him to look forRusty McNasty
Aug 23, 2001 8:57 AM
a good bike thief. For $500, that's the only way he'll get anything new that's decent.
re: $500 for tri/road bikeVictorChan
Aug 23, 2001 9:12 AM
With $500, he can barely buy a good set of wheels.
not likely, but here are some "deals"gust-of-sun
Aug 23, 2001 9:23 AM
try these:

http://www.chucksbikes.com/titantri.htm
http://www.bikeswholesale.com/
http://cgi.ebay.com/aw-cgi/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=1180382176
http://cq-search.ebay.com/search/search.dll?MfcISAPICommand=GetResult&query=triath*&categoryid=&ht=1&st=0&category2=7294&maxRecordsPerPage=100&SortProperty=MetaEndSort

good luck
gust-of-sun
re: $500 for tri/road bikeMikeC
Aug 23, 2001 9:42 AM
Is this guy really a runner, who thinks he'd like to expand his horizons a little? If so, you'll be a better friend by explaining to him what competitive road riding gear really costs, and what you sacrifice when you go low-end.
I'm not sure why he's so set on a "new" bike. If he spends that little, he's likely to end up replacing cheap new components as quickly as or quicker than he'd replace worn-out "good" components. And bikes are like cars...they lose a chunk of their value as soon as you get them off the showroom floor.
That said, www.performancebike.com has a 2001 KHS Flite 300 on sale for $449.99. It's Sora, which is heavy and can't be shifted from the drops, but he'll want to add aerobars and bar end shifters anyway, right?
If money's that tight, how's he going to afford shoes, a helmet, and entry fees, and what's he going to do when he flats?
Oh. Maybe that's WHY he doesn't want to spend more than $500 on the bike...
Why would you pay 500 for a tricycle? Idiot thinkingTrollman
Aug 23, 2001 12:30 PM
Tri is short for Triathlon, Trollman. (nm)nova
Aug 23, 2001 12:45 PM
I'd pay more than that for a good tricycle!MB1
Aug 23, 2001 12:57 PM
http://www.longstaffcycles.co.uk/index.htm
re: $500 for tri/road bikeAtc1man
Aug 23, 2001 1:31 PM
Tell him to look at the Giant OCR3. Its compact geometry, good for both as an entry level bike, and I got mine on sale for $499 last week.