I have officially hit my first hurdle in my search for a tri-appropriate bike: my amazing boyfriend.
He wants to buy me a bike for my birthday (August) which is so incredibly sweet. The problem is that he wants me to get a hybrid bike, and not a road bike.
His concern is that since I am an athena, a road bike will be too unsupportive. he feels that a hybrid bike (cross between a mountain bike, and a casual commuter bike) will have larger wheels and thus will provide better cushoning for me. I hate the look of the hybrids honestly. I do not like them one bit.
I tried to explain to him my reasoning for wanting a road bike - specifically the ease of use on road races, and that a mountain bike, or hybrid even, just is not an interest of mine. We darn near got into a fight today over this.
Now I am not looking for a tri-specific bike. Since I am a newbie, I just want a road bike with drop-down handlebars. Simple. He is almost dead-set against me getting one.
I think that I need some help here from my tri-friends. I am a huge believer that equipment should match the useage - I do not wear trail shoes for a road run, and vice versa.
Astetically speaking I don't like hybrid bikes at all. And I honestly do not enjoy mountina bikes a terrible amount either, I have always felt more comfortable on the road bike, but he just feels that my weight is an issue for that due to the thin wheels.
Unfortunately, any knowledge I have on the subject is not going to help as he will need to hear it from someone who is not me.
Maybe I am wrong, but either way - can someone help? Road v. hybrid bike for my entrance into the tri-world.
I'm a newbie myself but I recently read an article about a larger woman and her riding past and SHE was riding a road bike. She basically recommened that you go to a local bike shop and ask them what they would receommend.
You will need something that is built not only for a woman but for a larger woman, and if they don't know whta to recommend to you tehn LEAVE and find another bike shop. If they don't have the answer then they don't deserve your patronnage.
Lots of bike shops carry road bikes but not lots of bike shops have ppl working in them that know what they are doing that that have an answer to every problem!! Good for you for starting tri's!! You can jump this hurdle too, I just dead my second one (a sprint) and I freaked during the swim (classic - I read about this!) We all run into hurdles, you'll find a bike that is right for your body and a person who can tell you (and your boyfriend) why it is the bike for you