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Jgav




Joined: 06 Dec 2016
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 1:54 pm    Post subject: Do I get a new bike? Reply with quote

I am newly getting back into cycling in preparation for my first tri. I have 2 sprints and an Oly booked for this year. I've come from running but used to cycle commute before I moved to London.

I ride this http://www.bikepedia.com/QuickBike/BikeSpecs.aspx?year=2007&brand=Marin&model=Highway+One

Fit seems good (I set it up myself).

Big question, is it worth upgrading to a full road bike (not owned one since 2011)? Do I try out clip on tri bars on this bike (I have no idea if the geometry suits tri bars) or do I stay put with it for the moment and see how 2017 goes?

If I stay put, I know I need to change the saddle as it becomes torture after about 1 hour on the turbo and the grips as they are worn out.
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iwaters




Joined: 06 Sep 2016
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PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tri bars reduce drag by decreasing the frontal area. So fitting them to your hybrid will give some aero benefit. However, bars take some getting used to and if you are not a confident cyclist they can be scary. I am also not sure how comfortable a position you will get given how high the front of a hybrid is likely to be.

That bike will be perfectly adequate for doing your first few tris. Personally I would do you first season with what you have and then look to upgrade.

If you really get bitten by the bug you may want to look at getting a tri specific bike later on. I train on a bogo road bike that is heavy and invested my money on a carbon tri bike for racing.

Saddle wise I use a charge spoon, very comfortable and only cost about 20.
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JaRok2300




Joined: 01 May 2014
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Location: Worcester, UK

PostPosted: Mon Feb 13, 2017 2:30 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

+1 for the Charge Spoon but don't dismiss your current saddle based on Turbo, you might find it much more comfortable outdoors where you're shifting around more.
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