Subject: Buying second bike - tri or road bike with budget under $2,500
About a month ago I bought a Hybrid Diamondback Insight 1 bike from Dick's at a good price (~$400) as I wanted to add biking to the swimming, running, lifting, etc. I regularly do with the aim of shooting for my first tri (Olympic distances) early next year (I already swim/run the other segments in training). I figured this Hybrid would provide a good workout, I could bang it up a bit without feeling guilty and I could determine if I really like biking or not.
The biking has been a lot of fun and the Hybrid riding is a great workout. This last week I did 16 miles (avg. right on 18 mph for 11 miles of bike trail) on Sat, 23 miles on Monday (avg 17.5 mph on 18 miles of bike trail - too much vodka the night before celebrating 4th of July) and 16 miles Wed. (avg at 18.1 mph for 11 miles).
When I get passed on the bike trail its either by a road or tri bike. If I am going to enter a race I will want to have a faster bike as I have read that I would probably get an extra 2 - 4 mph on a road or tri specific bike.
I will have about $2,500 all in to spend which has to also cover bike shoes and pedals too.
Any suggestions - road or tri bike and any specific current models that you like - can you even get a tri specific bike in this budget? Also, any reason to get one over the other - I could easily see myself doing very long bike rides. I enjoy biking as much as swimming and running.