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So You Have $1500…

  • By Scott Fliegelman
  • Published Apr 30, 2012
  • Updated Oct 31, 2014 at 4:38 PM UTC
Illustration by N.C. Winters.


Let’s say you have $1500 to spend on getting faster on the bike this season. Here are my top “speed packages” that offer the best bang for your buck.

A New Bike

If your bike fits uncomfortably or you’re ready for a tri bike, ask your local shop if it has any leftover 2013 models. You may end up with a bike that originally cost more but now fits into your budget. Most purchases should come with a basic fit, a deal on accessories and free service after initial break-in. Choosing a road bike with clip-on aerobars is also a good way to get the most versatile machine possible with higher-end components.

Tip: While it is tempting to buy a used bike, it gets risky when it comes to fit or the condition of the components—and you aren’t likely to get much love from the seller if something goes wrong.

RELATED – Triathlete Buyer’s Guide: Bikes Part One

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