I have been a cyclist and triathlete on and off for almost 10 years now. I
currently own an aging old style touring bike that I do everything from
shopping for groceries, to this fall's day out doing the IMC bike course to
multi-week bike tours. There are some gaps though. It IS getting old and
not as reliable as it used to be. It is also not all it could be for racing
and just long day rides (say over 100k).
My previous racing bike that I did IMC with was a Cannondale "tri" bike, but
when I got injured I sold it to a friend.
The time has come to get a new bike. How do I pick between getting a "tri"
bike and a "road" bike? I can only afford one at the moment and am unsure
how to proceed. On the one hand I'll mostly use it for rides with my wife
ranging from 40 to 150k (and longer if my knee will hold out - I have
chronic problems). But I haven't ruled out going back to triathlons and
even Ironman distances again. In either case I'm FAR from an elite racer.
A 12 hour IM would be outstanding, but very unlikely. A 5 hour century
while nice would be a long shot, especially if there was a nice bakery or
market along the way.
So how do I pick? What really is the difference? I know that tri bikes
tend to be steeper and understand some of the pros and cons of this, but
what about just getting a road bike with a reversible seatpost and some
aerobars? What about just riding a road bike and not bothering with
aerobars at all? Are there other considerations?
Pain in the knee.