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  • Katie Cummings

    I’m “tri”ing my first triathlon this summer and have already started pool work, but am super nervous for deciding what bike to get. I have a mountain bike which is fine, but I’d like to get a road or tri bike, just can’t commit to either one yet!

    • frenat

      I’m sure Jennifer would be more than happy to chat with you about bikes!

    • Jennifer

      That’s great you’re tackling your first triathlon – way to go!! You’re right, the mountain bike will suffice. However if you want to get that new bike – you may want to check out a road bike for your first investment. You can always add ‘triathlon-like’ equipment (like aerobars) as you go. That way, you’ll have a bit more versatile bike. You can take the road bike out for tooling around as well as on group rides (riding a tri bike on group rides can be really difficult due to the position of the shifters and your upper body as you ride – you’ll most likely be riding upright anyways!). I’m happy to answer any questions – or check out the folks at GearWest – they specialize in helping people get into bikes – and are experts in answering road vs tri questions!

      • Katie Cummings

        I’ve heard great things about Gear West, I’m planning on going down there next weekend. The first bike shop I talked to had me sold on a road bike, the second shop I checked out sold me on a tri bike, hopefully I can get a stronger feeling soon as I would like to purchase and get comfortable on a trainer soon!

        • Jennifer

          It certainly can be confusing deciding on a bike! The folks at GW will most likely spend a few minutes asking you how you might use it, how many races/year you do, etc. to help you make the best decision. The great news is that they’re pretty unbiased on road vs. tri and have a great selection of both (they often have complete package deals including some variation of; bike, pedals, shoes, helmet, wetsuit – should you want to go that route) – so you’ll be in good hands. If you’re serious about buying that day – plan to spend some time and bring a pair of bike shorts so you can test out a few bikes on the trainer and possibly get fitted that day. Good luck and enjoy the new ride!!