Runner needs bike advice
June 13, 2012 8:55 AM Subscribe
I'm a runner, trying to become a triathlete. Help me find a bike please!
posted by I am the Walrus to Sports, Hobbies, & Recreation (9 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I did my first sprint triathlon last weekend, using a borrowed bike that is small for me. I'm comfortable with the swim, and the run was great, but I absolutely hate cycling. I think this will be improved when I get the right bike, so I'm looking now. I've done 2 marathons in the past year, and have a goal to do the Ironman Miami 70.3 in late October.
I've done my research, and I know what I want - aluminum bike, carbon fork, Shimano Tiagra/105 components. I'm looking to spend around $1000, hopefully a little less so I have some budget room for clips and accessories (new seat, pedals, aero bars).
I've shopped around at the local shops, and I found some bikes I like in the $900 range - Felt F95, Trek 1.2, and other entry level road bikes. However, I have started looking online (bikesdirect) and found comparable bikes for $600, or much more bang for my buck at the $900 price point. I'm confident on my mechanical abilities for putting the bike together. Does anyone have any advice regarding purchasing online (specifically BD) versus brick and mortar? Anything specifically I should look for, or look out for, either with the store or with the bike?
However, my other concern is sizing. I'm just under 6'1, so I need a 58 or 60 cm bike, and will probably go with the 60. After that, are there any resources for sizing the bike to my frame, specifically the seat, handlebars, and pedals? Or should I forget online and go with the local bike shop? FWIW, the local shop charges $250 for a bike fitting, or they do it free with purchase. Since I'm struggling on the bike now due to fit, proper sizing is pretty important to me.
I am way overthinking this purchase (I've been looking for about 6 weeks), but I'd like to take action and have the bike by the first week of July so that I can do a good brick on 7/7 before my next sprint tri on 7/14.
I appreciate your help!