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I have decided to take the plunge and buy a bike with a view to entering a tri once I've got the biking good enough. I really need some advice on what to look for when chosing one.
I have a limited budget (£500 ish) so I need something that will be suitable for both commuting on roads and tri. My choice of shops will also be limited as I'll be buying it through the cycle to work scheme. What sort of bike should I go for - road, hybrid, other?
What are the key features that I should be looking for a bike to have? I know from reading other stuff that I need to get it properly fitted but other than that I don't really have a clue.
What are the most important accessories for starting out - I know I'll need a helmet, gloves and a lock but other than that?