Cycling Advice For Beginner Triathletes

  • By Jené Shaw
  • Published Feb 19, 2014
  • Updated Feb 19, 2014 at 11:50 AM UTC
Photo: Kevin Thompson/TriRock

First Race Bike: Buy Or Borrow?

Signed up for a race but not quite sure about the bike investment yet? “If buying a new bike a few months before the race will help get you out there riding more frequently, then definitely buy one,” Fliegelman says. “Otherwise, borrowing or renting one will work just fine for your first race.”

Once you’re itching to sign up for another race, consider making your first bike purchase. A road bike is a safe and smart place to start. Compared to a triathlon bike, they’re easier to maneuver and descend on, which also allows you to ride with groups more easily. Plus, a few years down the line if you decide you want a triathlon bike, you’ll always have your road bike to mix in for workouts.

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FILED UNDER: Bike / Getting Started / Training

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw

Jené Shaw is a senior editor at Triathlete magazine, a five-time Ironman finisher and a USAT Level 1 certified coach

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