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2021-03-22 5:59 PM


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Subject: Looking for a cheap bicycle
I have NO IDEA where to begin. I have registered for my first IRONMAN703. Neither the swim, bike ride, or run scare me. My only goal is just to do it. I run and compete quite often, but, will likely not be riding a bicycle a whole lot in the future. I may or may not ever do another. I do NOT need the state of the art bicycle. I am just looking for something that will get me through. Do you have any advice or things to consider? Is this something I can just order online at Amazon, etc.?

For what it's worth: I am 6'2" and about 220. Fit.

Thank You very much!


2021-03-22 9:00 PM
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Subject: RE: Looking for a cheap bicycle

Haven’t shopped in a while.  Entry level road bikes at a shop will run $700 or more, but that should include a basic fitting and a tune up after you’ve ridden a month or two.  To that, you can add pedals, shoes, tire repair kit, spare tubes, pump, water bottle cages, seat bag, helmet...some of that, you can get at your favorite big box store.  

You can try bikesdirect.com and get something for $400, but it doesn’t include assembly, fit, or tune-up.  You might find something at a big box sporting goods store.  

A road bike is pretty efficient, so faster for the same effort, or alternatively less effort for the same speed.  This is because the 700x23 Tires are pumped to 100 psi.  You can get ”flat bar” road bikes or a fitness bike if you don’t like the hunched over riding position.  As the tires get wider, the pressure goes down, so 700x28 might be 70 psi and 700x32 50-60 psi.  The tires and wheels also get heavier.  Any of these would be doable for the 56 miles, but requires more energy and will be noticeably slower (Maybe 15 mph vs 17).  A fitness bike with 700x28 tires could be a good “all around “ bike if you’re only going to have 1 bike.  The tires are more durable and you sit up where you can see traffic.  

2021-03-23 9:55 AM
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Subject: RE: Looking for a cheap bicycle

An additional point...

for a 70.3, don’t expect changing tents, so you’ll want a pair of tri-shorts and probably 2 pairs of bike shorts.  Be aware that some of the cheaper shorts are thin...I held up a pair from a big box store and could see right through them.  

2021-07-07 10:21 PM
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Subject: RE: Looking for a cheap bicycle
Yes, definitely you can order it online. There are a lot of cheap bikes available on amazon.
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