Just completed my first marathon and am now looking to brave the world of triathlons however I currently don't own a bike. Looking at numerous websites bikes seem to have a whole raft of features of which I know nothing about so was just wondering whether the features of this hybird bike would be suitable:
Shimano EZFire controls for precise push button shifting Shimano 21 speed gearsStrong alloy wheels Frame 6061 Heat treated Aluminium Fork Hi Ten Steel Headset Sealed Shifters Shimano EZFire Rear Derailleur Shimano TX31 Front Derailleur Shimano C051 Chainset Shimano FC-M151 48/38/28 Bottom Bracket Cartridge Cro Mo Chain UG51 Freewheel Shimano 14-28 7sp Handlebar Riser satin finish Stem Hi Ten Grips Triple Density Comfort Saddle City Comfort 1 Seat Post Alloy Micro 27.2mm Pedals Nylon Street
The guy at the bike shop sold it to me well but as that is his job I thought I'd put the question out there as I do not want to purchase it to then find out it's not suitable.
Thanks for your help
Speaking as someone who bought a hybrid as their first bike. It (the hybrid) is a bit of a 'one size fits all', it won't be as fast as a proper road bike and it can't tackle the full range of off road conditions you'd take a mountain bike on. You can however do some gentle off roading with it and it will be faster on the road than a MTB.
If you only want to do tris you'd be better off looking at a pure road bike. That said I did a season of tri's on my hybrid before deciding this was something I wanted to pursue long term- I then bought a road bike.
Edit: Great minds and all that... must learn to type quicker though
Not wanting to highjack the thread (sorry) but I assume that Paris Roubaix is what the thing that was on just recently? I was wondering whether what looked like road bikes really were road bikes, but sounds like they really were [that sentence makes no sense does it]. Do they have special tyres or something - I know nothing about bikes and it has been puzzling me. Maybe I don't need to be so delicate about what I will subject my road bike to (also known as fewer excuses for not going out and about!). Or maybe their advantage of being less of a heffalump than me helps too.
Edit to add: actually never mind that single sentence - that was just a load of rambling rubbish altogether. It's been a hard day, honest!
SausageDog wrote (see)
A few of the riders in the Paris Roubaix were on cyclocross bikes
Thanks for feedback, as I have never completed a triathlon before I don't really want to spend loads of money on a bike straight off I figured £200-300 max to be honest then if it isn't my thing I can use just use the bike for leisure and travelling to work which is why I was looking at a hybrid's. If there is a specific bike you would suggest that fits in my price range then I'd be interested to hear what it is.
Hi Sausage Dog, I did look into the bike to work scheme but to be honest its not the funding thats the problem its the not knowing how much I'm going to enjoy and want to commit to the sport. I'd happily pay for something of decent spec if I knew it was what I wanted to pursue long term.
So I think initially I just want something I can try a tri with but also just use for work travel / leisure if that fails. It sounds like a road bike is the most suitable option to cover all areas I'll just have to try and find one at the lower end of the price bracket to begin with and maybe in a years time if it's all going well look to upgrade.
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