Only got a Race Bike

Need some advice, ive settled on my decision of purchasing a R800 Cannondale Tri bike for £1200-£1300 will be spending around another £300 on gear I guess.

I hadnt planned on buying a seperate training bike, is this really essential? will all the training miles damage / spoil my race bike.

NB. Im training for Longest day Ironman this will probably be a one off (though if I continue ultra events ill probably relegate the Cannondale to being a training bike).


  • just look after it. give it a clean if it gets crappy on salty roads or muddy. can you fit mudguards? they really help in the winter. you can get clip on ones if there is no room between the wheel and seat stays.
  • in winter I hose the bike down, sponge it and relube it after my long weekend ride - and that's my winter bike. If you do that - you'll be fine.

    As Andrew says - if you can fit guards - I'd do so.
  • LizzyBLizzyB ✭✭✭
    I only have one bike too ... I fit different wheels for the winter - an older pair that I don't care about.

    I keep my super-special sexy handbuilt wheels for summer and racing only!

    And I use lots of lube ....
  • Tee hee hee.
  • stop it. lube, neoprene, shaving. anyone would think triathletes are a right bunch of pervs
  • Thanks and a special thanks to Lizzy for making me :)
  • ...on the chain lizzie!!!

    SKS Race Blades are ok. Doesn't really matter if you have clearance.

    Decent tyres also help.

    Carl, if its any help, I have done the Longest Day a couple of times and will be glad to correspond with you. Its a great event - can't say anything bad about it at all except it hurts;-(
  • 'HURTS' did you fall off your bike or trip running?
  • Race blades don't really protect your bike much though do they ? - I agree though if that's all you can get on better than nowt
  • your right - was a case of utilising an old racing bike that fits like a glove rather than buying a new frame off the shelf. At least raceblades keep one's arse dry and protect the guys at the back of you. Not sure how that reads, but I know what I am trying to say.

    N.B. Longest Day race date now confirmed on Black Country Tri's website.
  • DazDaz ✭✭✭
    carl, id get yourself a cheap training bike if i were you mate. save the precious racer!
    Endurance Coach @
    Elite Ironman, Ultra Trail Runner
  • I don't see the point of having a lovely bike and only using it for races Daz!

    In fact I sold my second bike as I know I won't enjoy riding it as much as my tri bike.

    Being my first year on the bike, so to speak, I'm doing what Lizzie does just changing the wheels.

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