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    Aug 31, 2007 4:17 PM GMT
    I want to start training for a triathlon. I'm a swimmer and a runner in sprints and currently I'm working on my distance.

    My dilemma arises to the fact that I have never been very good on a bike. The last time I rode a bike was when I was 13 or 14. I don't even own a bike.

    The Question: What features should I be looking for on a bike for a triathlon? I plan on using the same bike for training as I do for the actual event, unless someone can tell me why this would be a bad idea.

    All your help would be greatly appreciated.

    -Marq
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    Aug 31, 2007 5:56 PM GMT
    DOn't worry about not being a good biker, i only started training for Tri's in Jan and only bought my first racer then as well.

    The training will come in time.


    As for bikes, I have a Trek 1000 SL, its an entry level road/triathlon bike. Its perfect for training and racing on. I love it. other Good brands include Giant and Cervelo.


    Good luck with the Training.
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    Aug 31, 2007 6:37 PM GMT
    One of the (more pretentious) shops here is renting out special wheels for use on race day. They have integral power meters and usually cost over $1000. What I can't figure out is how they would be advantageous during a race, if you don't train with them.

    (But I haven't even put batteries in my cycle "computer" for three or four years - I find that I can do without data on my workout.)
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    Aug 31, 2007 7:00 PM GMT
    during training spins they are helpful, cadance wise and average speeds etc


    But hiring one for a day during a race is pointless, you barely have enough time to remind yourself not to have a heartattack, let alone wonder in amazement at the speed you might be doing.


    I have a cats eye wireless, but i got a new Polar S725X cycling/hrt computer and is great.