TT or Road Bike

Looking for a bit of advice from some kind souls here. I'm looking to buy a buy to use for my first Ironman next year and was wondering whether it would be best to buy a TT/Tri bike or a Road bike. This bike will only be used for solo training runs and the Ironman itself so I was leaning towards the TT but as a novice cyclist I'm not sure. Any advice or even recommendations would be greatly welcomed.

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  • Which ironman ?



    I would go for a road bike over a tt bike. Far more versatile for your training.



    A tt bike is good for speed on a flat course but most people can't stay in the tri bats for 6 hours or so.



    A road bike is much more suited for all the training you need to put in.
  • I have both and use both equally ... BUT if i didnt have a bike ... I would go for a road bike ...greater all round use

  • fat buddhafat buddha ✭✭✭

    yep - road bike which you can fettle for a tri with clip on tribars and deep rim wheels

    when you are no longer a novice, THEN think about a TT bike

  • + 1 for what WW & FB say 

  • If you're only going to have one bike, get a road bike.  A good road bike will do you for everything.

    When you've got a road bike and using it regularly, then get a Tri bike image

    Remember two key rules in getting/owning a bike:

    1) The best bike is not the most shiney or the most expensive or the most aero - it's the one that fits best (especially for Ironman)

    2) The optimum number of bikes to own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes you currently own... image

  • Timmy_G wrote (see)

    If you're only going to have one bike, get a road bike.  A good road bike will do you for everything.

    When you've got a road bike and using it regularly, then get a Tri bike image

    Remember two key rules in getting/owning a bike:

    1) The best bike is not the most shiney or the most expensive or the most aero - it's the one that fits best (especially for Ironman)

    2) The optimum number of bikes to own is N+1, where N is the number of bikes you currently own... image


    What he said..

    TT bikes while nice arent a one stop shop like a road bike, if youve just got the one bike and its a TT bike its not going to be much fun for winter riding, group rides, easy rides with mates, sportive or hilly training rides.

  • popsiderpopsider ✭✭✭

    Make it a road bike suitable for clip on tri bars though.  Normal shape bars, not with a high sportive type front, ideally a steeper seat tube angle etc.

  • Many thanks for the responses. I do have an old road bike that I'll be using for winter runs as it's a good solid aluminium frame beast but I could do with something lighter and more of a proper size compared to my height. Seems a good road bike would be the most logical investment from reading the responses. 

    Good thing I'm at work so I can browse online for a new bike.

    Cheers all

  • fat buddhafat buddha ✭✭✭

    and before you buy, try a few for fit and feel. getting the fit right is key and you can only really do that by talking to a decent bike shop and getting measured.  by changing things like stem length, crank length, saddle position, bar height etc you can then get a very good setup for you.  

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