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Is a Tri bike appropriate for general usage?(6 posts)

Is a Tri bike appropriate for general usage?dealy663
Jun 10, 2002 9:26 AM

I've got a friend that is a total poser. He wants to get a tri bike but has absolutely no interest in triathlons, time-trials, or pretty much any other type of competition. He plans on using the bike just for riding and training. I tried to explain that a standard road bike is probably better suited to his intended usage, due to different geometries, wheel sizes and handle bars. But he says he wants something that looks really out there and high-tech.

Will the tri bike be uncomfortable on hills, or if he decides to come with me on longer rides greater than 50 miles?

Obviously I can just keep my mouth shut and let him blow between $1500 and $2000. But if he's really making a mistake I might try a little harder to steer him in the right direction.

Thanks, D
Jun 10, 2002 9:31 AM
its not *bad* for solo hammering (though less comfortable than a road geometry). Very wrong for group-riding (if not dangerous). Wrong for climbing.

if he wants to spend the money to look cool, and admits that's his motivation; let him spend the money. (Though i must admit, I never really realized TT bikes looked 'out there').

i'd be glad to buy his half-priced, slightly used bike when he's ready for another bike.
re: Is a Tri bike appropriate for general usage?Akirasho
Jun 10, 2002 9:42 AM
a road geometry bike is... better.

On the other hand... a boy'z gotta buy what a boy'z gotta buy.

An alternative... the Cervelo Solist or Cervelo One...

We abide.

Remain In Light.
good choice for the practical; bad choice for him..SteveO
Jun 10, 2002 9:46 AM
doesnt really look "out there and high-tech."
so what?DougSloan
Jun 10, 2002 11:34 AM
I know an ultra-marathon type guy (who beat me in the 508) who rides a Kestrel tri-type bike all the time, except in USCF mass start races (where the handlebars would be prohibited). It works pretty well for him.

To each his own. If he asks for your advice, tell him. Othewise, I'd not say anything.

re: Is a Tri bike appropriate for general usage?Carbon fiber fanatik
Jun 10, 2002 2:57 PM
I disagree with the other posts. Sorry to say, but i do. Here is a pic of the bike I put tons and tons of miles on. It is actually extremely comfy, quite fast and highly manageable. It's also able to stay with any group, in any paceline at any speed. Just bugs me when i'm cruising at 30 and people drive beside me asking questions. The way I see it...cycling is an individual "thing", to each his own, yadda, yadda. Though I will admit, riding with "true" time trial type handlebars are not so welcome in a group, my set up works well enough for me. Oh yeah, centuries are easy on this bike.