The century ride really impressed upon me that I would be wise to invest in a bicycle that is better designed for the type of riding I’m doing. It’s fun to hear how “hardcore” and “badass” I am for riding 100+ miles on a steel-framed Nishiki Rally with flat pedals… but I think I’m ready for the new fun of seeing how fast I can go and how good I can feel riding a lighter bike, clipped in.
Of course, this brings up countless questions to research and think about: should I get a tri bike, or a road bike? Is there any way I can try out clipless pedals before committing? (I’ll admit it, they scare me.) How much am I going to have to spend to get something decent? Should I find something used, or focus on getting a ‘entry level’ new bike?
Not to mention, I get buyer’s remorse any time I spend more than $50, on anything. So I’m very hesitant about the whole thing. I’m still in the researching-online, asking-my-dad-stupid-questions, throwing-it-out-there-on-my-blog-to-get-other-perspectives stage. Right now, I’m seriously considering this triathlon starter kit, because it includes a new road bike and is altogether a great deal on a bunch of other stuff I’m going to have to buy eventually anyway. Plus, I really like the folks at Triathlon Lab; they’re knowledgeable and helpful and not at all condescending, even though I’m a n00b.
So, yeah. Trying to figure it out. Probably not before my sprint tri in April, but hopefully in plenty of time for my international distance in June. Any advice or words of wisdom are most welcome and appreciated!