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I'll fess up - I've never done a triathlon (boo, hiss).
I'm a runner but I'm going to start factoring in some long distance commutes on the bike (20-30 miles). My current racing bike is vintage, a little too small and I keep breaking pieces off, though I think that's my unwillingness to spend decent money on it rather than a fault of the bicycle itself.
So I need to change it and I guessed you lot probably have the best handle of what winter trainer/tourer would be good. Being a bloke, I should love buying kit, but I'm a libran so it actually becomes a nightmare - I recently decided against upgrading my telly because I couldn't make a decision!
I need to do a commute on some quite crummy surfaces, would like to be able to ride smooth trails and fire lanes without worrying, and sturdy enough to carry a child seat on the back. Needs to accommodate mudguards, perhaps a pannier.
Budget £500 but I could push it up a little. I'm using the cycle scheme. Under consideration are:
Ribble Audax 7005
Jamis Aurora (expensive)
... and would love to hear your thoughts and suggestions.