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What bike should I getnewattri
Sep 25, 2002 5:04 AM
I am new at tri - just completed two on my hybrid mountain bike - most recently an olympic distance. Only problem was the head wind and comfort factor. So looking to get a new bike - and hopefully go faster (for olympic currently completeing in about 1hr 15 (though big head wind)), however have no idea on what bike to get or what I should be looking for...

Thinking about a Trek / cannondale / specialised as these are easily available where I am (Japan - note it is difficult here to talk to store staff as my japanese is limited)

Any suggestions - budget approx $US750 - $US1500 - though prefer low end. Not sure if road or tri bike is best.
my feeling always is...Steve_0
Sep 25, 2002 5:49 AM
if youre on a limited budged, a roadbike is typically better, especially for beginners; more versatile, (typically) more comforatble, and it's easier to get aero on a roadbike than upright on a TTbike.

If you KNOW youre going to enjoy tri in 5 years, and you KNOW you wont be riding in groups OR you have plenty of money to burn: consider the tri. Otherwise a road geo will do you fine.
re: What bike should I getfbg111
Sep 26, 2002 1:56 PM
I just got into tri's recently too, and bought a Giant TCR2 road bike for it. Stuck some aerobars on it and it worked out fine. Here's some sites that should help you out.

So where in Japan do you live, and what's the triathlon scene like there? I'm studying Japanese now and hope to live there by this time next year.
re: What bike should I get - fbg111 thanks for the replynewattri
Sep 27, 2002 4:03 AM
Thanks for the reply great list of links - I will go out again this weekend looking for a new bike,though will have to do my tri this weekend on the hybrid.

Currently living in Tokyo, not the best place for training especially with the polution and lack of bike riding areas. As far as tri scene - seems to be pretty good, basically I managed to find about one tri and then after attending they send the entrance to the next - also the Japan Tri Union has info on tris - I have to get friends to translate.

good luck with the studies - a real advantage here if you can converse and read at a least a basic level.
No problemfbg111
Sep 27, 2002 7:48 AM
A few more thoughts: Afaik, tri-bikes are on average more expensive than road bikes. When I was searching, I didn't see any tri's for under $2000. Basically the main difference between tri and road bikes is the position they put the rider in. But there is some debate going on over whether the tri position is truly optimal. Some people claim that a new position called "Slam", that can be achieved on a road bike with correctly set up aerobars, is more optimal (both aerodynamically and in terms of rider power generation) than the standard tri position. Here's one site that talks about it, Google can find plenty more: (Click "Technical" menu on the left for Parts II and III)

I personally don't have enough experience to judge for myself, so at my level I just want to be as streamlined as possible (aerobars make a noticeable difference in reducing wind resistance), and be as comfortable as possible. I've achieved that so far on my road bike. But these articles are interesting nevertheless b/c they suggest that a tri bike may not be the optimal choice for all triathletes. If that's true, then that removes a major reason for forking out a lot of cash for a tri bike.

I vacationed in Tokyo two years ago and really liked it. Japanese culture is unique and interesting. It also seems exclusive to outsiders, but if you speak even a little Japanese they become more open and accepting.
Expensive tastes...Steve_0
Sep 30, 2002 6:58 AM
Felts and Cdales can be had well under 2000. QRs can be had for a tad over 1000 (sometimes even under during end-of-season.

On a side note, the 'slam' has been discussed before on this board... The way i figure it, the 'slam' was the orignal 'aero' position...its just that, at the time, we didnt have windtunnels and a vast array of steep-angles against which to compare it.
Consider importing onerengaracchi
Oct 12, 2002 2:34 PM
Did you know that there is no duty tax on bicycles in Japan? So, consider importing a bike of your choice. Even after paying shipping (about $250), you could get a great deal if you have a bike that you like and fits you. You have to pay consumer tax upon receiving the bike, but it is 4% rather than usual 5%. BikesportMichigan has Cervelo One on sale right now.

This would be just under your price range, shipping and tax included.

Good luck!
just a side note... nothing to do with bikes...empacher6seat
Oct 15, 2002 8:19 PM
If you can complete an olympic distance in one hour and 15 minutes on ANY bike even with a tailwind... my hat goes off to you, sir! Hell, even 2:15 is a respectable time.