I have got some money together to buy a bike for next season when I plan to do 3 novice triathlons. This year I used my 12 year old mountain bike brought from Asda, so I am defiantly looking for something lighter. I am torn between two bikes , the TREK SLR 6500 mountain bike or Scott Speedster 45. Do I get the road bike and use it only for races and training, or get the TREK and us it for racing, training and going to the shops, out with the kids etc.
Thanks for all your suggestions. I though I had found a suitable one, with a pool swim of 400m, bike 16K and run 5k. Sounds good distances for me but it is October and when I mentioned this to my more experienced friend she said she would not fancy it as the cycle would be so cold when wet. Is the cold really going to make it unpleasant.
Thanks, yes I am by Portsmouth, I did the May Day Winchester Novice, the swim was OK, the cycle was not so good, but some of that I am putting down to using my old mountain bike and the run went really well. I am not sure on Open water swim as never tried it.