Most triathlon beginners have one question about the sport: what bike should I buy? While you’re training for your first triathlon event, there’s really no need to spend thousands of dollars on a new bike. In fact, you can even go on your first race using your old mountain bike as long as you’re comfortable riding it. However, if you do need to buy a bike whether for real reasons or you simply do not plan to show up on race day looking like an absolute newbie, there are numerous triathlon bicycles for sale just waiting for you. Here are some tips to help you proceed with your purchase.
1. Look for the best bike store.
Oftentimes, the best shops are the small triathlon stores right in your local area and not the big-box stores. These smaller stores will remember you and even your favorite brands. They usually have friendlier and more patient staff who will readily answer your questions about their triathlon bicycles for sale.
2. Know that there is no “one size fits all” bike.
Shopping for a triathlon bike is like shopping for a pair of shoes. You need to get the right size and you have to choose a style and design that suits you. So, when you check out triathlon bicycles for sale, you have to look for a bike that will fit you, particularly your body type. When you ask for advice from a bike store, they will not only look at your physical built but will also consider your objectives and skill level in order to suggest the best bike for your needs. Aside from the brand of bike, some aspects to consider include size, frame and geometry.
3. Be prepared for trial and error.
Sometimes, the only time you will know if a bike is really right for you is after you’ve ridden it for a good distance. This means the first bike you buy may seem fine initially but could turn out to be really awful once you’ve really taken it for a serious long-distance ride. You may be a newbie in the sport but you can certainly tell whether or not a bike is comfortable. Sometimes you may have to try different styles and brands to find the perfect one. However, don’t be too quick to give up on your bike if you do find it uncomfortable. Have it checked first for possible modifications. The good news is most bikes will be adjusted after sale to ensure proper fitting.
The importance of riding a bike that fits cannot be stressed enough. You are guaranteed an unpleasant experience even with just the smallest amount of discomfort. Of course, it’s important that you enjoy the experience, which will inspire you to train hard, go on races and become a full-fledged triathlete.
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