So I did triathlon for many years, but stopped about 5 years ago. Now I want to get back in. Problem is that I turned 50 during that time, and have a hard time getting comfortable on my aero tri-bike (QR Kilo). I cant raise the handle bars any more. If I get a new tri-bike, will I have the same problem, or should I get a road bike with a higher front end? Thanks for your advice
Tri bike vs. Road bike
that depends upon the bike you choose. Get a tape measure - see where you are at now - and what you want to be at - then check your potential new bike out to see if it will be satisfactory.
For a riding perspective - nothing screams "fred" like people riding around training on tri-bikes, thus the crew here will prefer a road bike.
If you can get a road bike with a clip-on bar set up - that is the I'd go (IMHO). If you have the $$, the new Treks and the Cervelo P4s are sure snazzy - and set up w/ tubular zipps, DI2 and a SRM makes for a mega-sweet TT bike.
If it were me in your situation, I'd go with what bodynazi suggested and use a clip on set of tt bars on a road bike. Reason being if you do go with a tri specific bike and can't find that comfort position you need then you're stuck. At least with the road bike you just remove the bars and you at least have a more practical bike to ride. Just my 2 cents."Riding is about rhythm and flow. It's the wind in your face and the challange of hammering up a long hill. It's the reward at the top and the thrill of a high-speed descent. Biking lets you come alive both in body and spirit."
I'd look into one of the many aero-road bikes that are now hitting the market, and then throw on a set of clip-ons. Rider position is hugely important, though, and that's where you will gain and lose all your time. So finding a compromise between being aero and comfortable for long distances is a must. Your first priority should be to ask around locally and find a GOOD bike fitter.
I started out in tri's...but that was over 10 years ago now so my advice is not entirely based on experience.
Kind of depends...sounds like you're flexibility has changed so you may need another bike fit to fully answer that question. Also...are you targeting sprint/olympic length or are you shooting for something longer? Can you only afford one bike to race and train on?
Since the last time you've bought a bike, the category of aero road bike has really exploded. If you're just racing sprint/olympic distance events for fun, that would probably be plenty good enough.
thanks everyone. I am shooting for an IM 2012. I have a friend who works for a bike shop who suggested a Trek Madone. Certainly my flexibility isn't what it once was! Thanks again. Dave
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