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edlcsre




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 10:57 am    Post subject: Bikes Reply with quote

Hi all

Literally just started training, and have a quick question about bikes. I've got a sort of mountain/road bike, wheels not quite a wide as a normal mountain bike, but with flat handlebars. Due to pretty poor weather conditions of late, and the fact I really don't fancy the roads near where I live after dark, I've been doing most of my cycling of late on exercise bikes, I've got a 'spinning' type bike at home, and a more standard bike at the gym I go to. My question really is whether or not the training on the exercise bikes is likely to be a reasonable alternative to actually getting out on the real bike and, considering i've not actually taken part in my first triathlon as yet, am I going to be OK using my existing bike for the triathlon, or will everyone laugh at me. At this stage, its all about taking part and completing it, not putting in a good time, but if that were to change then I'd certainly consider getting a tri-bike. My other alternative would be to bring my bike to work (i work in the middle of nowhere in a converted barn and so have plenty of coutry lanes to cycle around) and just cycle after work here, before heading home. Might become more of an option as the days get longer. Sadly no showers at work or I'd do it at lunchtime.

Is it safe to assume that all of you train a)on a real bike and b)the bike you use when you're competing?

many thanks

Chris
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doug




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 11:16 am    Post subject: Re: Bikes Reply with quote

edlcsre wrote:

Is it safe to assume that all of you train a)on a real bike and b)the bike you use when you're competing?


I've also yet to do my first tri, but my bike training is split into:

1) commuting on a hybrid fitted out with lights, mudguards, panniers, etc.
2) longer weekend rides on a road bike (which I'll use for tri)
3) indoor on a turbo trainer (when the weather is foul)
4) fun x-country off roading on an mtb
5) occasional spin classes and gym bikes

Training indoors is a good way to build basic stamina and strength
on the bike, but needs to be combined (at some point) with a reasonable
amount of work on a real bike to get used to the handling and the
characteristics of the bike you will actually be racing on.

People will use any bike they have for tri, mountain bikes and hybrids
are fairly common.
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fast slow twitch




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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 4:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I try to train on a 'real bike' at all times as I dread turbo's. The bike I use for training is an old racing bike that's gone round the clock a few times. The frame was made to measure many years ago and being steel is still fine - cosmetically it looks a rat - but I am very fond of it.

My new racing bike, is a replica in size / dimensions to my training bike. It can be used as a road bike (not tri specific) and has bolt on go fast wheels etc.

I live in a rural area too and would rather cycle than drive. I get training miles in going to the pool, the shops 10 - miles away and even visiting my family - 50 miles away. I try to make it my primary mode of transport these days.
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PostPosted: Thu Mar 04, 2004 4:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

....and I certainly will never judge anybody by their choice of equipment or kit, and nobody has the right to anyway. Its an individual thing and some people's kit does not reflect their ability. Put a good athlete on a standard bike and he will still be a good athlete and probably beat 99% of the people he would of anyway.
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PostPosted: Mon Mar 22, 2004 3:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any bike will do for a tri. No one will laugh but respect you for going out there and doing it.
No biking can replace getting out there in the elements and feeling the rain, wind, mud, ice, hail, snow and if you're lucky sun on your face.
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Robert




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 9:54 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I raced past one girl on a BMX in one tri - could barely contain my laughter!

That is, until she ran effortlessly past me Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:22 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

that was my granny rob Wink
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

On one of the pool swim based tri's, I passed someone walking the swim Exclamation
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Sue




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Now I've heard everything Very Happy
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Daz




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

lol!
imagine if you're THAT bad that it's faster to wade through Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 12:57 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Give them credit for getting out there and doing one. The possability to win is always there, so never give up. You remember the Olympic swimmer from Equitorial Guinnea who won his heat even tough he only just managed to complete the 100m distance after the 2 nigerians were disqualified (2000). Anything can happen. Or Windsor where the leaders did not complete the whole swim course or even the London tri in 2002 where the leaders were taken down the wrong route on the bike leg.
Then again I always think that the quicker you finish the race the sooner the pain ends with that cold pint of beer waiting for you on the bar. Winner
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Delboy




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 3:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Eric the Eel, you mean. That was probably the slowest 100m on record, but he did it!!! Can't wait to see what time he does in Athens!
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 3:51 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

who was the overwieght 100m runner who finished in around 14secs that one year, think the commonwealths...?
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AndyS




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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 3:52 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sure your not confusing that with Leanda on Superstars Crying or Very sad
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PostPosted: Tue Mar 23, 2004 3:53 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wasn't it Marion Jones's then boyfriend, the shot putter. Think it was in the olympics
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