What bike?

Need a bike

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12/10/2004 at 08:53
If I'm going tobe doing this tri thing what bike will I need? How much do they cost? Beginner to middle of the road will be fine I think, will it?
12/10/2004 at 09:02
Your entry level effort is about 400 to 500 quid - giant OCR gets a lot of mentions on the forums. I've still got a hybrid, and will be getting a racer around christmas, so I'd also quite like to know what's reccommended.
12/10/2004 at 09:17
Really depends on what you want, try second hand or something to start with???

I've got a TREK 1200 which is light enough for me, and the gearing is good, and I love riding it, but what it's like in races or stuff, I can't yet tell....

I know little, except that as the spec rises, so does the price tag with remarkable speed, so have a firm idea of what you want , or when you go shopping you may well find that you spend a whole lot extra!!!
12/10/2004 at 09:21
cougie    pirate
12/10/2004 at 09:28
Yeah - that's a good bike - but if you do ebay - beware of people who have no history. I'm sure most of them are fine, but I'd want a bit more background if I was parting with £100's.
12/10/2004 at 14:13
The starting price for a new bike on which you could passably do a tri runs from around £300 up to £600/£700. The names you'll most often hear recommended as great started bikes are probably the Giant OCR (as above), the Trek 1000 or 1200 (the latter is basically the same bike with carbon forks), and the Specialised Allez.

In my view, secondhand is definitely the way to go for your first bike. I would buy Cycling Weekly at my local newsagents and look in the classifieds. Also the classified section at tritalk.co.uk and the British Cycling Association, which has a very good classified section on its website. I bought a Trek 1000 with various upgrades off tritalk for £185 a few weeks ago.
12/10/2004 at 14:56
If buying 2nd hand I'd want to see the bike (not ebay) and take someone with you who knows what's what. Ebay is generally more expensive than small ads anyway.

If buying from a shop be careful they don't flog you something that doesn't fit because it's the only one they've got left in stock and want to shift it.
12/10/2004 at 15:09
agree with popsider but I would add that you ought to find a good bike shop in your area anyway and get to know the people that work there. when I bought the second hand Trek I took it into my local shop (a good one) and had it serviced for £15. It didn't need much of anything done but gave me peace of mind (and an upgraded set of pedals).
13/10/2004 at 11:07
Is this worth a bid?

Went to my local bike shop and had a good chat with the guy, he didn't do Giant but did Trek and Scott, so if I buy new will probably just buy the 2005 trek 1000. would rather not spend as much as that tho.
13/10/2004 at 11:16
Is it worth a bid? Yes, if you've got £2,000 plus to play with. I'd expect it'll go somewhere in that region if not higher! Having said that, one of the magazines did a comparison test of top end bikes a couple of months ago and from memory, the Madone came in around 5th out of 9 in the test.

If you want to spend less than the £500 quid a 2005 Trek 1000 will cost you, plenty of outlets are selling the 2004 Trek 1000 (new) for around £399. Like I said, look at the ads in Cycling Weekly. I think Dawes do a new entry level "racing" bike for £299, which is about as cheap as you'll go new.

Beyond that, I would personally look for the right used bike as I said earlier in the thread.

The one other bit of advice I would give is that cycling is a "different game" if you're coming from a running background and it is worth making sure you really do want to pursue it before you invest any real money (cos it ain't a cheap sport). You can pick up some very cheap bikes on ebay or through the classifieds already mentioned; £100 should get you something that is at least serviceable if not top name brand. That sort of purchase is quite sensible as the sort of bike you'd get would generally be quite good enough to tell you if you really do want to invest any more in the sport.
13/10/2004 at 11:48
Avalaf - I must sound like I'm on commission but if you are anywhere near Derby pop into Planet Cycles - they are very cheap for lower end (but not absolute crap) road bikes - things like a Coppi with Shimano Sora for £300 - has mudguard eyes so would be useful for training in winter. You really wont get anything cheaper than that that isn't an absolute heap of junk. OSDs suggestion of second hand isn't a bad one if you can get someone to tag along with you to check the bike out - things like a worn headset, play in bottom bracket are easy to spot if you know what you are looking for. I started out on a second hand 531c road bike - it's about 16 years old - and still do loads of miles on it.
13/10/2004 at 11:52
Avalaf - I have a bike that needs a good home. 531 frame but needs a little attention - new brakes mainly.
Bouncing Barlist    pirate
13/10/2004 at 11:55
Avalaf, on the Trek Mondane, the seller has only been on ebay 2 days and has a feedback scoree of 0. He's also got a photo of the bike with a race number on it, looks a bit suspicious to me...

Id advise the local bike shop route, as fitting and size is important, you need to trust who you buy it from and be able to go back for service, help, parts, upgrade.
cougie    pirate
13/10/2004 at 12:07
Good spot Carl - don't touch that with a bargepole.

And if you know nuffink about bikes - stay off Ebay I reckon.
13/10/2004 at 12:38
been googling after reading this thread as I am also looking for an entry level bike. I have done a sprint tri this year on my hybrid and it was fun but very tough in that bike! I have just seen a trek 1000 flatbar on de ver website, would that do for me? I know very little about this bike thing I have to be honest!
13/10/2004 at 12:42
Ive went and bought a couple of magazines and also the local ad papers, but tbh, I know what I'm like and the bloke in the shop seemed like a nice guy so think I'll just bite the bullet and buy the Trek1000 2004 when he drops the price to 399 next month I think he said.

I'll just use the gym stat bikes just now to get my mileage upto 50ish over the next month.

My backgrounds not running it was smoking and drinking:) Cycling used to be my favouorite form of exercise tho.
Thanks for all the advice.
13/10/2004 at 12:48
just seen giant OCR for £329, diff website, can someone tell me how you work out what frame size you need?
13/10/2004 at 12:56
OK, I know I've brought shame on myself and my family by buying a Carrera but I got a 2003 Virtuoso from Halfords (yes, Halfords) at the beginning of the summer. It was £300, reduced from £400 and has been great so far. I use it for commuting and training rides upto ~60miles.

It seems light, positive and while the 'bits' aren't top range they shift and stop effortlessly. The only things I've changed are SPD pedals (a must), saddle (personal choice) and cassette (gone to 11-28 from 12-23(?) as I live and ride on the edge of the Peaks and need all the help I can get from the gearing on some of the nasty hills!). The only other change I'm thinking about is a carbon fork to see if it smoothes some of the rougher roads round here.

It's definitely worth a look at if they've still got one in your local store (I noticed my local one still had one last week).
13/10/2004 at 13:49
Avalaf - I reckon 400 for the Trek isn't bad, you could probably do better if you were willing to shop around on the web but for the peace of mind of having it from a local shop I reckon you are doing the right thing.

Wabo - if you already have a hybrid I would look for a drop bars road bike and stick some tri bars on it.

The other thing that is worth doing and will bring you on more than having a slightly more expensive bike is going out with a club - the Sunday just gone I was a couple of minutes late for the club run and they'd all left, but a few miles on bumped into another club member similarly late and we decided to ride up to the Monsal Head Hill Climb event the rest of them were going to, about 10 miles in I decided I couldn't be bothered and stopped at a cafe letting him ride on on his own, on leaving the cafe 3 other lads I know through cycling came by and feeling refreshed we decided to ride up to the hill climb anyway, after watching the event 8 of us decided to do another 40 miles round Derbyshire with a nice stop in Eyam for refreshments. This is what cycling is about - it lacks the simplicity of running but it has a better social side to it, but you need to join a club and train with others to get that advantage.
13/10/2004 at 14:23
Thanks popsider. Funny enough this year a few from my running club have got into triathlons so I think we could all be getting out and cycling together in the near future.
So I reckon, going by what you say, the trek 1000 will be better for me?
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