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Road, Race, Touring, Triathelon...etc...?(7 posts)

Road, Race, Touring, Triathelon...etc...?RoadMan420
Feb 4, 2002 1:53 PM
Here's the deal,

I want to get started biking. I already run long distances and want to hop on a bike for the same reasons. I also want to get into biathelons/triathelons etc. Basically I am wondering what type of bike is for me. I would like to bike as long, hard, fast, and comfortably as possible with the best setup with an economically fesable price tag. Sounds a little too perfect. What is the basic difference between the classes of bikes I would ride. Would I be racing right away? No. One day, possibly in the near future? Yes. I want an overall good, long-distance bike that would get me started in the sport of biking but not as a beginner. I have already done a lot of long-distance biking in Canada...about 1100 miles or so, with a couple 100+ mile days. Yes, it was the shit.

Anyways... I would appreciate any help, advice, comments or what not.

Benjamin Friedman
Did you try the tri forum?grandemamou
Feb 4, 2002 4:37 PM
Most of the guys around here seem to ride softrides,kestrels,and Cervelo in that order. My only experience is the with the guys who occasionaly do our shorter faster training rides.
re: Road, Race, Touring, Triathelon...etc...?weiwentg
Feb 4, 2002 5:17 PM
get a road bike. not a touring bike, not a tri bike. and don't get a bike with crap components. get something like a Giant TCR 2, a Specialized Allez Comp, a Cannondale R900, or a Trek 2300. tri bikes don't put you in a very comfortable position, and they don't handle as well as road bikes. they were designed for aerodynamics. I don't know what kind of bike you rode in CA, but a proper road bike takes some getting used to ... and the jump to a tri bike for a beginner is probably too steep. this is from what I've heard... I haven't (yet?) got a tri bike myself. and I may never wish to get one.
re: Road, Race, Touring, Triathelon...etc...?Steve Bailey
Feb 5, 2002 7:31 AM
"get a road bike. not a touring bike, not a tri bike"


"tri bikes don't put you in a very comfortable position, and they don't handle as well as road bikes. they were designed for aerodynamics"

Nonesense. Period. Tri bikes, also known as Time Trial bikes by some, are designed to be aerodynamic, but they are also designed to be comfortable when riding in an aerodynamic position. By this I mean with the body on the aero bars for long periods. They also handle just fine as the geometry is modified to allow proper handling with the upper body on the aero bar.

Quite possible Mr/Ms. Weiwentg has yet to find a comfortable position on his/her aero bar, but they can be very comfortable for long distances. Witness all the thousands who ride the worldwide Ironman series - do you think they all ride uncomfortably ?, while swerving all over the road due to bad handling characteristics ?, at a distance of 112 miles ?. How about all those RAAM riders or the PAC tour ?.

A road bike is an ideal starting point, but should you find yourself mostly training alone for duathlons and Tri's, then think about a dedicated Tri bike down the road.

re: Road, Race, Touring, Triathelon...etc...?Birddog
Feb 4, 2002 8:19 PM
Try a Softride. I used to have one when I did Tri's and Du's.It was damn fast and comfy too. The big plus, is when you start the run and don't have the feeling of "running on someone else's legs". Because of their design, they can be set up with a forward position for Tri's and time trials or a more relaxed position for centuries and general road riding. Slap on some aero bars and you're good to go.
re: Road, Race, Touring, Triathelon...etc...?xxl
Feb 5, 2002 2:32 AM
I second the poster who recommends you get a decent road bike. Look to dump about a grand, though, for that "economically feasible" ride; it's really tough for manufacturers to get much under that price point without sacrificing something. Since you're new to riding, I'd suggest you get with an experienced road rider, and ask him/her about the local bike shops. Then, visit them, and (very important) get "fitted" for a bike.

I'd stay away from the tri-bikes for now, as they really aren't designed for all-day riding. Ditto for touring bikes, as they really aren't built for speed. The Specialized Allez is a good place to start. Fuji and Giant also make some nice rides at a reasonable price, and Treks and Cannondales are popular for a reason. And don't get too overwhelmed by all the choices, because until you get into the really pricy bikes, it doesn't matter that much. That's right: the bike industry's dirty little secret is that there are about a dozen or so firms that actually make bike frames for all the brands out there. The geometries are quite similar, as are the components, so you're looking at minor differences, like paint and decals. That's not to say that every bike at that price point rides the same, just that there are considerable similarities and minimal differences. The best advice is to take the prospective purchase for a ride, and see how you like it. And, at that price, you're probably looking at Shimano 105 components, which are more than good enough for you.

BTW, a point of order: A biking/running race is properly called a "duathalon," because the "biathalon" is a rifle-shooting/skiing race (apparently popular in Europe, if it's presence in the Winter Olympics is any indication).
What's up with biathalons? I know the history behind it . . .morrison
Feb 5, 2002 7:35 AM
(nordic military, etc.), but I can't help but think it is the most random, eclectic combination of sport and skill mankind could devise.