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FMAN DTF 02-15-2008 08:16 PM

Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
well, i am finally going to start training for my first triathlon which will be on April 12th...i am looking at buying a road bike from craig's list and have been to 3 local bike stores...

entry level new bikes are about 700-1000 bux which sux, i am thinkin about buying a shitty used bike on craig's list (around 300) just to have something to train on and be familiar w/ before i do the race just in case i decide biking or triath is not for me...if it is then i will either sell the bike or keep it as a second for someone else to ride on

it just sux road bikes are so damn expensive and all the bs involved w/ them for someone w/ no experience

i signed up for a "Masters" swim class at an olympic sized pool (50M) and will be swimming MWF from 6am-7am for at least a month and then i might just drop the class since i already am a strong swimmer and just focus on the bike and run


I know they make triathlon bikes but i only plan on doing "sprint" tri's : you swim .5mile, bike 10-20miles, and run 4 so i figure using a road bike should be fine since i wont be riding it for very long and the aero bars would just be a waste...oh well...here goes nothing, i'll let you know how i do come april 12th

macintosh 02-18-2008 12:55 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
A buddy of mine just recently got sponsored for triathlons. He's now a "pro" athlete. He has nationals coming up in a couple weeks. I'll ask him what he recommends.

macintosh 02-18-2008 04:24 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
What my buddy said is this(mind you I have no idea what he's talking about):

Any bike made out of aluminum will be good and probably under $1,000(he means new).

Some name brands he mention were Trek, Cannondale, and Specialized(not sure if its a brand or just a specialized bike).

He said the bike he uses is a Quintana Roo, but says they run expensive. He got the cheapest one and it was over $1,000.

Hope that helps.

FMAN DTF 02-18-2008 06:13 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
werd, there are 4 bikes for Trek and Specialized im considering that are 700-1000 (2 are $700 2 are $1,000)

the main difference is the 105 shifter vs the Sora

The trek is the 1.2T ($700) and 1.5T (925) both aluminum frames w/ carbon forks...only better components on the 1.5 but main diff is the 105 components

The specialized allez ($760) and the allez elite ($1099) same deal im guessing

I found a new Motobecane ( know they arent made in france anymo) on ebay there is one for $200 shipped so i might just get that sell it to my roommate if i decide i need to spend more money, because im guessing the $200 is worth it for the 105 shifter

also there is a local guy on craig's list that sells bikes but he just sold a Peugoet the day i emailed him...ARG

i have learned a bit about the bikes, im gonna wait for about a month and then we'll see what i get...fucking presidents day today, i go to the pool to swim at 5:30am and it's fucking closed...so i just ended up hitting the gym and eatin breakfast before i got to work at 7 =( man was i pissed, forgot it was a holiday since i had to work

SnowFart 02-18-2008 06:44 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
I have an old Huffy 12 speed you can have if you want to come get it ;)

FMAN DTF 02-19-2008 07:27 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
ha, thx SF...i'll finally get to meet the fam!


FMAN DTF 02-26-2008 07:16 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
I bit the bullet and bought this bad boy (trek 1.2), $777 after tax, couldnt find shit on Craig's List so i figured i'd support the local bike shop

gonna be delivered in 10 days @_@

FMAN DTF 04-16-2008 07:30 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
so i fell off clipping in this bitch about 4 times have, put about 220miles on it, rode 30 miles today since i got off work early.

I completed my first tri, it was pathetic since i should have trained.

.5 mile swim 16 minutes
.5 mile transition run to bike 6 minutes (change into bike shoes,etc.)
10 mile bike 33 minutes (fell mounting)
bike run transition 3 minutes
3.5 mile run 33 minutes (both calves cramped instantly)

total time 1hr 32minutes and like 3 seconds

what i learned, train for next tri, i wanted to do a 1hr 15min race...but since i was new i was 2x longer in the transition than most people

open salt water (gulf) swim is alot different than pool swim (swallowed fucking water and ended up loafing backstroke and breastroke, was still the best place i had out of all the events)

Bike...dont fall down, and have tri shoes alrdy attached to bike, get tri bars so i can be more aerodynamic and be able to rehydrate so i dont cramp goin to the run, push a heavy gear, and before i get to the end of the bike drop to a low gear and spin so my legs dont cramp up

run sucked since i cramped up, never had BOTH calves cramp at the same time...only got my wind at about the 3rd mile and i sprinted to the finish (shouldnt have passed the water stop at the transition...the next one was 2 miles away and i drank about 3 cups of water there...helped out alot

oh well, mistakes of a tri noob...i did accomplish my goal of beating a co-worker...he didnt finish because he pulled a leg muscle so he only got to do the swim and bike.


macintosh 04-16-2008 08:38 PM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
Keep at it man. My buddy is going for All-American this Saturday in Alabama, I think. He's a freshmen at OSU.

JOEBOOWORK 04-18-2008 09:16 AM

Re: Triathlon (ROAD BIKES ARG!!!)
Still a heck of an accomplishment man, tighten up your training regiment and keep focused on your goals. It sounds like you've got a pretty good idea of what you need to do, and now there is nothing left but the doing.

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