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.
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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