I’m looking to buy a tri bike for my second IM but, having worked out what I’ve spent on triathlon since starting out three years ago, I’m slightly horrified and don’t want to spend another small fortune.
I’m aiming for a sub-10 time with a sub-5.30 bike split so need decent aerodynamics. eBay suggests I could get a second hand entry-level tri bike for about £500, and I’d rent decent wheels for the race.
I’ve looked at getting a tri fit with aerobars on my road bike but it has disc brakes so it seems impossible to rent race wheels, or buy them without spending more than I would on a tri bike.
Fit is obviously important and Edinburgh Bike Fitting’s frame finder service has been recommended to me, as well as a tri fit once I’ve got the bike. However at almost £200 each these two services together would cost almost as much as the bike itself.
My questions are:
- Has anyone used a ‘frame finder’ service and are they worth it? Or can you rely on size guides from bike manufacturers?
- For someone with three years’ experience with bikes and triathlon is it a stupid idea to try and do a bike fit myself with my trainer and a mirror?!
Any help would be much appreciated.