New Bike for a slow coach

If I get some birthday money ....

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The Evil Pixie    pirate
01/04/2013 at 19:39

It's my 40th this month and I may get birthday money and had wondered what to get.

I currently have a 2nd hand Trek 1000 that I got 5yrs ago. It has a tiny frame and 650 wheels.

I'm 155cm, lardy and a crap and slow triathlete but love it.

So if I happened to get some money say up to £7-800 what would you recommend? I'd stick with a road bike rather than a poncy tri bike as I'm scared to use the aero bars as it is so a tri bike would be a waste of money!

It is a big if just now and I am probably counting my chickens before they hatch but ..... well yeah and err suggestions please!

Oh I'm doing Outlaw in July - if I got one should I get it before or after Outlaw? I should obviously say here that Outlaw will be my 1 and only IM! *coughs* but I would like to do some more HIM events


01/04/2013 at 19:51

Get one that fits! My first road bike didn't and as my rides became longer I had back, hip and piriformis problems.

I love my Specialized, started with the Dolce which is their entry level bike and would probably be in your price bracket - did my first IM on it quite happily.

The Evil Pixie    pirate
01/04/2013 at 19:56

I'm assuming the LBS is the place to go?

The Trek I have was my 1st road bike - I got on and thought it felt OK! No idea if it fits really!

01/04/2013 at 21:12
My first was a specialised dolce ....I loved it, did about 10,000 miles on it.
Have recommended it to several friends who are also happy with it.
seren nos    pirate
01/04/2013 at 21:15

if you can go to 1000 go to the planet x showrooms and get one fitted............but to get your moneys worth you need to get the miles in............i love my bike.....,most days

The Evil Pixie    pirate
02/04/2013 at 07:24

thank you for the ideas this is fab I can now start lusting I mean looking and hoping I get some money and working on reasons to justify a new bike. As seren says I need to use it.....

02/04/2013 at 07:39
Fit is key, if you are after quality and value Planet x or Ribble do some great bikes for around agrand if you are a back of the packer iwould recommend a sportive frame rather than a out and out racer
The Evil Pixie    pirate
02/04/2013 at 07:47

I am most certainly at the back

didn't realise there was such thing as a sportive frame!

02/04/2013 at 09:25

EP not much use as I know nothing about modern bikes but I'm only 5cm taller than you and am fine on a bike with a normal sized frame and 700c wheels so maybe you want to go for the more normal wheel sizes so getting tyres etc would be easier? You might also get 2 bottles on the frame then?

The Evil Pixie    pirate
02/04/2013 at 09:30

That was indeed something I was thinking about too Ali!

02/04/2013 at 09:56
Yep my training buddy is a titch but she rode a normal .700 wheel specialized Dolce and has just upgraded to one of these
The Evil Pixie    pirate
02/04/2013 at 10:00


02/04/2013 at 12:14

My 11 year old daughter is on 700c wheels and she's less than 150cm (she says - she might be about that) on the smallest Specialized Tricross so it's definitely doable - not saying it's preferable but you could get a good fit without smaller wheels.   

03/04/2013 at 17:56

EP - I have a specialized dolce sport and love it. I think you are Nottingham/Derby way, I went to they were very helpful and set the bike up for me - even screwed on the bottle holders. They adjusted the saddle etc, although not a full fancy bike fit, but I haven't needed to make any adjustments. Only thing is that they didn't really have much stock to try, but can order bikes in for you to try

I think someone else on here went to TFN in Beeston - a tri shop that do bikes too and was happy with the service

I think there is a planet x shop Sheffield way. 

03/04/2013 at 18:41

Leisure Lakes are great - they are my LBS and whilst their bike fit may not be fancy it's spot on for everything except tri bars (as the boys are either roadies or bmxers and don't use bars). They set my Dolce up and when I later paid for a bike fit at Tri Central the only thing they changed was the tri bars.

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