Thanks for all the advice, where can I find out more about the Edinburgh New Years Day Tri?
If I was going for the bare minimum of kit atm I think I would get: Areo bars, Saddle Bag for puncture kit, Extra bottle holder and bottle, Elastic laces (more to stop my current ones getting sucked into my gears), number belt.
I've not done a tri yet. I'm looking to start doing sprint distance triathlons in 2006, I guess I'll need a wet suit as this is Scotland and I doubt my sailing shorty suit would be any use. I do want a road bike both for commuting to work and for triathlon, I've been looking at bikes like Giant's OCR 3 & 4 and trek's Pilot 1.0 and 1000. My MTB has a suspension fork that can't be locked out so its less than ideal for Tri and I'd rather no thrash it to bits on the road and save it for MTBing!
I already have: MTB (Diamondback M30) Slicks for MTB Running Shoes Crash Helmet Basic bike repair kit Pool swimming gear
So I guess my list of gear I need is: Road Bike Areo Bars Wetsuit Tri suit Cycling shoes
Can anyone recommend any good sites or stores in Scotland that do triathlon kit bundles? I want to get started but all I have is my mtb, bike helmet and running shoes I need to buy the rest of the kit and a bundle looks like it might be the best value for money. Although they don't seem to be the easiest thing to find online.
I'm still dubious about putting two bikes in the back plus gear as I'd be worried about the bikes getting entangled, damaged each other or the car as well as what to do when bikes are dirty etc after mountain biking. I've always found it a bit of a faf putting a bike in my car as I need to rotate handle bars by ninety degrees to get a bike to fit in without taking off its wheel and its always fiddly to get it out again without scratching car or bike. I suppose I give it a go with the wheels off but I'm still tempted by a carrier as it does seem to make loading and unloading the bikes allot quicker and it would seem the various roof or tow bar carriers don't really restrict boot access.
I've decided to order the Thule 9402 Ride On bike carrier that I mentioned earlier as I managed to get a good deal where I got the carrier, tow bar lock and postage for the RRP price of the carrier itself.