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2009-09-02 10:03 PM

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Subject: Sell My Road Bike?

Will be picking up my Tri-Bike next Monday!   
Yes the search is over...
My question is what to do with my road bike?  Its a decent bike, however my other half would need some explanation as to why I would have to bikes.
I do all my training alone, never in group rides, and I have heard you should train the bike you plan to race on, thoughts?
Now that my race season is over I figure I can get used to the Tri bike all winter...can't wait, its like I am waiting for X-mas as a child, lol..

Thanks for the input.



2009-09-02 10:27 PM
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Sell the "other half". Keep both bikes!!
2009-09-02 10:48 PM
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Keep the roadie.   Once I can start riding again I am doing most of the winter on the road bike
2009-09-02 10:51 PM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
You need a backup bike.  Especially if your Tri bike is carbon.
2009-09-03 1:15 AM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
I would keep the road bike for a couple of reasons...

First of all, riding in a group ride on a tri bike is often not appreciated by the others (and some groups clearly states not allowed). This is not the case at all times, but something to keep in mind (and you can always tell the wife this is the case, so if you want to train with others, you have to use a road bike).

Second, the used value of the bike will be just about 50% of the new price... is the money lost worth it? Only you and your wife can tell... if you need the money, then I guess you don't have a choice, but if not, you will probably regret getting rid of it and thinking about getting a new one with a year or two...

If possible, keep the roadie!
2009-09-03 6:16 AM
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What is the thinking behind not allowing tri bikes in a group ride? Im just kind of curious.


2009-09-03 7:19 AM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
Ringo311 - 2009-09-02 7:16 AM What is the thinking behind not allowing tri bikes in a group ride? Im just kind of curious.


1.  Tri/TT bikes are, on average, less stable when you're in the aero position. (compared to a roadie)
2.  When you're in the aero position, you're not able to get to the brakes quickly in the event of a quick stop. 
3.  When you're on the hoods, you can't shift quickly to keep up with the group.

Those are the reasons you'll hear.   I'm not saying I agree with all of them, but there they are.
2009-09-03 7:54 AM
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You wont sell it, you will be giving it away, because of that you are better off keeping it. Most groups I have ridden in could care less about what you are riding as long as you stay on the road and obey traffic laws, road racing groups are a different story! I would keep it,as it looks you have one race under your belt, if you like this sport and plan on doing a few more you will want some versitility to keep it interesting and the ability to work on your weaknesses(hills,power,sprints). Better yet if one bike goes down or needs repairs you are set, or the ability to loan one to a friend or have a friend join you on a ride that may not have a bike.
2009-09-03 8:01 AM
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Explain to them that the appropriate level of bikes to own is n+1 where n = the number of bikes you currently own.
2009-09-03 8:46 AM
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Daremo - 2009-09-03 9:01 AM Explain to them that the appropriate level of bikes to own is n+1 where n = the number of bikes you currently own.


That is a quote to live by right there. 
2009-09-03 8:54 AM
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what kind? how much? maybe someone on here will buy it.


2009-09-03 8:55 AM
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Keep both if you can.
2009-09-03 8:57 AM
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I keep reading the subject line and then my brain implodes.  Kinda like dividing by zero or something...
2009-09-03 9:10 AM
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I feel your pain. My issue is I only have room for one bike. well 2 but then where would my wife sleep?
2009-09-03 9:13 AM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
I just bought my first tri bike as well. I decided to keep my road bike even though I don't do any group rides. Right now it's only being used for leisure riding but once I get the money to get some pedals (I spent all the money I could on my new bike) I hope to use it for training outside. The last thing I wanted to do was sell it and then regret it sometime down the road.
2009-09-03 9:22 AM
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I'd keep it.  You never know if on or the other is going to break down.  or if one is in the shop you can still train. 




2009-09-03 9:34 AM
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2009-09-03 10:02 AM
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As Rick said, and I have before as well, you always need another bike.

Interesting you are having so much trouble justifying keeping two bikes.  Wonder what will happen when you have to justify #3 and 4.  Oh, you say it won't happen, but it will. 

Someone will have an old bike that fits you that you just can't resist turning into a fixed gear.  Good for winter training, no gears to get muck and snow into.  You will justify by it being free, but after $200 for wheels, another $75 for the cog, chain and chain ring, and yet another $100 for related stuff (bar tape, tires, etc.) not so cheap.

Then you will realize that you ride the roadie a lot, and probably should get a new one so you can leave the old one on the trainer.  You will justify by noting that with trainer tires and all, the new road bike will last far longer, and you will spare the CF tri bike the bad weather.

Then you will start looking for what to do when you travel.  You should certainly have some sort of folding bike.

Never ends, so whatever story you come up with now, be sure it is one that you can use a number of times.

Anything I missed Rick?
2009-09-03 10:38 AM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
Does your other half own more than one pair of shoes? I mean, all shoes do is cover your feet, so one pair should work for everything, right?

Different bikes, different purposes.

Of course, this is assuming you continue using your road bike. If it's never going to get used again, put it towards something else, like a mountainbike.
2009-09-03 10:47 AM
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Keep it or regret it.  You will want it sooner or later.

I had my tri bike for a couple years and did all my training on it.  But I still wanted something a little better to climb with and go on group rides, so I just added a road bike to the growing collection.
2009-09-03 10:58 AM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
moondawg14 - 2009-09-03 6:19 AM
Ringo311 - 2009-09-02 7:16 AM What is the thinking behind not allowing tri bikes in a group ride? Im just kind of curious.


1.  Tri/TT bikes are, on average, less stable when you're in the aero position. (compared to a roadie)
2.  When you're in the aero position, you're not able to get to the brakes quickly in the event of a quick stop. 
3.  When you're on the hoods, you can't shift quickly to keep up with the group.

Those are the reasons you'll hear.   I'm not saying I agree with all of them, but there they are.


Another reason to add (which is also why aerobars on road bikes are frowned upon also):
4. In the event of a wreck, you'll make someone a shish kabob with your aerobars.

**Even with that, I've been ousted by groups because of my bars, and they are where Airstryke clip ons, even though I never actually used them during the ride.


I vote keep the roadie. 
  1. Accidents happen, insurance takes time to get you the money to replace your bike.  If you're 3-4 weeks from a race and your bike gets totaled in an accident, you'll have another bike to continue to train on.  Otherwise you'll be out a bike at least 2-3 weeks (if the insurance company is quick.. longer otherwise
  2. The road bike can be a more permanent fixture on the trainer so you don't have to mount/unmount the tri bike all the time.
  3. It's nice to have a bike for a friend to use when they visit.
  4. 2 > 1
  5. You have "spare parts" just in case (if some of them are interchangeable)
  6. You can rack the tri bike in the transition and if your wave is later on, after the transition area closes, you can use the road bike to warm up.


2009-09-03 11:05 AM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
kesslergk - 2009-09-03 11:02 AM As Rick said, and I have before as well, you always need another bike.

Interesting you are having so much trouble justifying keeping two bikes.  Wonder what will happen when you have to justify #3 and 4.  Oh, you say it won't happen, but it will. 

Someone will have an old bike that fits you that you just can't resist turning into a fixed gear.  Good for winter training, no gears to get muck and snow into.  You will justify by it being free, but after $200 for wheels, another $75 for the cog, chain and chain ring, and yet another $100 for related stuff (bar tape, tires, etc.) not so cheap.

Then you will realize that you ride the roadie a lot, and probably should get a new one so you can leave the old one on the trainer.  You will justify by noting that with trainer tires and all, the new road bike will last far longer, and you will spare the CF tri bike the bad weather.

Then you will start looking for what to do when you travel.  You should certainly have some sort of folding bike.

Never ends, so whatever story you come up with now, be sure it is one that you can use a number of times.

Anything I missed Rick?


Fixie for cadence work.

Cross bike for commuting.

Hardtail for off road riding.

Full suspension for those trips to the ski resort in the summer.

Colnago ........... just because it is a Colnago and everyone who appreciates bikes should have one.

Freestyle/BMX bike for playing around with the kids and do way cool rad jumps with.

The list goes on and on ....................

Edited by Daremo 2009-09-03 11:06 AM
2009-09-03 11:43 AM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
LOL!!I'm keeping it!!Thanks for all the Good advice!
2009-09-03 12:05 PM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
Buy another, NICER road bike. Now get rid of old roadie (and by "get rid of" I mean put in storage.)

Never get rid of the old bike.

I mean really, ask your SO if she would so easily ask you to pawn off your old child just because you had a new one.
2009-09-03 4:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Sell My Road Bike?
Kind of going through the same thing. Just bought a tri bike literally 5 days ago (surprise to my fiance) and now shes asking (or demanding) that I sell it  or both and only keep one bike. I thought I could somehow sneak another bike home which turns out is a bit hard when you live in a NYC apartment and only have one bike to begin with. Soooo I've got an 09 Wilier Izoard and a 09 Felt B12 (literally 15 miles on it) for sale and am considering just one aero road frame. Currently eyeing the Wilier Imperiale but have to sell the current ones first.
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