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WhizKid    pirate
03/03/2013 at 19:16
It's mainly down too your preference, I like 2xu as its comfortable and they make good long distance stuff (extra pockets for gels etc) and I don't know whether you want a one piece or 2 ... 2 is better for long for toilets etc! Hope this is some help
03/03/2013 at 19:28

Thanks Jamie and DTES!

My feelings were not to spend money until I know I like the event - but at a couple of bike shops I felt that I was a complete idiot for trying a tri on a hybrid. I know the cycle positiion isn't ideal etc but surely so much of it must be the machine (ie me) that will make the difference.

It's a bit like getting a shark skin suit ... I'm still not going to swim like Ellie Simmonds and all the EPO in the world won't allow me to cycle up an alp!

At the moment I am really enjoying the variation in training - I am particularly enjoying the swimming even though I still have to train in a lane with an 82 yr old! She is fabulous though and so encouraging.

However I think a tri suit will be important - I had originally fancied a 2 piece but actually found a full suit more comfortable. Should I wish to do longer distances then I might be happy to invest in more kit anyway.

2 months to go until my first attempt at a tri! Yikes!

03/03/2013 at 19:38

I did my first tri on a hybrid - mainly because I wasn't sure If I was going to like it and also because I was relearning to ride and this bike did the trick.  I wasn't the only one on a 'normal' bike and I have seen at least one or two hybrids or commuter bikes at every event I have done - except perhaps the London triathlon.


I don't know if I would have taken the sport any further if it wasn't for that bike.


Saying that, I now have a garage full of bikes and a super shiny red boardman TT.

03/03/2013 at 19:46
Yep I did my first one on a hybrid, and 6 years ( and 3 ironman races ) later I still don't have a tri suit.
WhizKid    pirate
03/03/2013 at 19:54
Loads and loads of people do their first season on one... Take a look at the London triathlon video on YouTube lots and lots of people on hybrids, don't stress... You will get hooked then end up dropping stoopid money on a bike like me (s works transition with zipp 808's).

Also don't worry about anyone else in your first race enjoy the crowds and have a great time it's beats the living day lights out of standard run races!
03/03/2013 at 23:00

Thanks folks - what you have said makes sense. I would hate to be an all the gear no idea sort of person. I would dearly love to beat someone with a road bike on my little old hybrid - it is unlikely I know but it would be nice. A very smug woman told me it was very unlikely that I would beat anyone who had a road bike so I will just have to nail the final stage to try and make up for the other 2 disciplines (tricky as I am a plodder).

I also had thought I could get tri shorts, swim in a sports bra and then throw a top on before I go out on the bike?

Bonus is that as first ever event it is a guaranteed pb. I have a duathlon on Sunday - eek!

04/03/2013 at 07:58

I did my first tri on my fathers old mountain bike with nobbly tyres which weighed about 100 times more than my road bike does, I over took quite a few people on road/tri bikes, its quite fun after too when you talk to the people that you overtook standing by your mountain bike

Edited: 04/03/2013 at 07:58
04/03/2013 at 08:55
EmmaC wrote (see)


I also had thought I could get tri shorts, swim in a sports bra and then throw a top on before I go out on the bike?


I tend to skip the bra, But thats what most people do when they are starting off

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