TTT...scroll back a few pages on the tri forums and you will find loads of similar threads...you can get a good bike for that amount of cash....shoes and pedals don't need to be really expensive but do help...and if you doing Ride to work reckon you can get the lot for £800 easy. Main thing is get a bike that fits you.
buy cycle plus and look at their hundreds of bikes listed. And look at ribble.co.uk they do fantastic offers in bikes were you have limited choice but very high quality components. I have a ribble in Aluminium that is fantastic and I got the bigger gears (11-28) that I needed to crawl up the hills without getting off! Friend bought a giant defy 4 , you can do better , much better
Buying an internet only bike like Ribble and Planet X (although PX do do bike fitting) is fine as long as you know what your buying and that it will fit, if it doesn't you might as well flush your cash down the bin.
Tony, I had the same budget, went for the defy 2, great bike.. well mine is anyway.
There should really be a sticky on the front page for this...
Opted for the Trek 1.5
Was 850, but I got some freebies! It's been over 20 years since I rode a bike so it's taking some getting used too!
Just enter the Helwith Bridge Duathlon
'er Indoors has te CAAD8. It's very nice, but the engine on hers is rubbish!
I looked at the Trek 1.5 over the weekend. Very nice. In the end I went for a Felt F95 because of the deal I could get and the frame size (61cm) available. Just waiting for delivery now. Let us know how you get on with it. I did a one hour ride on the MTB this morning and upped the pace a bit, to give me a bench mark for speed vs the road bike once I get on it. 17.1 miles in 60mins, I will do the same with the road bike to see the difference. A friend who borrowed my MTB for the London to Brighton and then bought a road bike reckons 25% faster.
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