Chris Tull is a writer based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Once upon a time, he was a ‘burgers-and-beer-only’ kind of guy. Chris has since lightened up on the diet and added yoga, weight lifting, and (of course) triathlon training to the mix.
Fall Discounts for Triathletes - Part I
Fall's also the time to shop! In fact, now's the best time to retool some of your triathlon equipment for next year, right before the Christmas season begins to jack prices upward.
The triathlon season winds to a gentle close. The air begins to sting during those early morning runs or bike rides. Your usual outdoor swimming areas become empty of fellow swimmers.
Besides being the time of Pumpkin Pie and turning leaves, fall’s a great time to evaluate your season, your goals for next season and not to mention kicking back and not being so serious.
Fall’s also the time to shop!!! In fact, now’s the best time to retool on some of your triathlon equipment for next year, right before the Christmas shopping session begins to jack prices upward.
Here are some tips on finding the best equipment this season for the cheapest prices. Part I of this article will talk about some of the equipment you’ll need (the bike, the shoes, the swimming stuff). Part II will look at where to find savings on clothing, wetsuits and cycling gear and accessories.
Man, oh man – those prices can send someone screaming to take up a cheaper sport, like darts. Well, don’t go out and buy that dartboard just yet (which by the way, aren’t exactly cheap either). The budding triathlete has a couple choices for getting a great deal on bike equipment. And there’s no better time to do it than fall.
By the way, the best bike is the bike that fits you. If that means paying a little more - trust me, it’s worth it. Expect to pay at least $450.00 for a good-quality, entry-level bike.
Pro Bike Shops
Find a pro bike shop where you can get expert advice and a good after-sales service and maintenance department. If the pro shop doesn’t offer to help fit you to the bike, I’d find another store.
Supermarkets and Sporting Goods Stores
Triathletes can find the low/medium-end, bikes at stores (like Walmart and Dick’s Sporting Goods). You’ll find some good values in these stores, but won’t have the knowledgeable staff like you’ll find in bike shops.
Newspapers and the Internet
Although you can find great deals in the newspaper and the Internet, you’ll be dealing with individuals rather than places of business. Sometimes that can be good – sometimes bad. Let the buyer beware as they say...
Join a Team or Club
You don’t have to be a professional athlete or the next Dave Scott to join a triathlon of bike team or club. Again, check out your pro bike shop for information on clubs around your area (or do a search on the Internet from www.google.com ).
Often, teams and clubs can provide discounts from certain manufacturers or local stores.
The Running Shoes
Expect to pay around $45.00 - $100.00 for a good pair of running shoes (anything less and you’re probably won’t give your foot the support it needs). Of course, there are many areas where you can find great savings on shoes:
The Swim Gear
While swimming may be the hardest of the triathlon sports to master, it’s luckily the cheapest of all triathlon sports for which to buy. All you need is a pair of goggles and a swimsuit (if you’re a guy, don’t worry: speedos aren’t required).
In Part II of this article, we’ll look at finding deals in triathlon clothing, including running gear, cycling apparel and accessories, and wetsuits. Until then, keep moving. It’s good for you and will keep you out of trouble.
About the Author: Chris Tull is a writer based out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. Once upon a time, he was a ‘burgers-and-beer-only’ kind of guy. Chris has since lightened up on the diet and added yoga, weight lifting, and (of course) triathlon training to the mix. You can contact him at [email protected] or visit his online journal at http://ctull.blogspot.com/
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