If OK asking a question for me and hopefully others.
After four years training in triathlon I feel I have worked hard enough on the ‘me’ part to buy a new bike.
My current bike is a merida juliet, I didn’t get good advice, I didn’t have the fit until after I ran into problems and I have had a few injuries which have promoted me to learn a lot along the way. Notably about fit, shoes ( specialised are the bomb!), and don’t do what I did launch straight into 70.3 distance but it was worth it.
It’s an OK bike, but I’m.not 100% comfortable despite the best compromise at a fit.
I’ve a lot to be thankful for along the journey and we’ve done pretty good together considering I’m a relative newbie.
So, I’ve had a retul bike fit and we found my ideal time trial position and specs. John my fitter is a total bike nerd wig experience. Ie. perfect! Then we looked at multiple options. Given I am very short at xs in women’s models and too small for many, but with sort of long legs and a long back the Liv avow hit the specs best especially in terms of reach and an ability to get into an aggressive position. ( I am flexible yay!). I would love of course to get the avow advanced pro but I am not that athlete yet I have a lot of room to.improve and also it’s a bit like buying the expensive house and not being able to furnish it. So the avow advanced it is.
What advice is helpful to someone like me at this stage. I am just about to put the order in.
I was thinking of keeping current wheels as training wheels ( this photo seems to have put on a different spec wheels to the ones it comes with ) and to upgrade for racing wheels. Perhaps the giant (crikey are they slr1 Aero (same as on pro bike. Tubeless ) or would zipp be better? I am light. I have never ridden anything other than a normal wheel.
What hydration and nutrition systems do people recommend or is this personal or see what store recommends? I am.spending the time doing it all now. Time doing it in pieces over the months just eats my work time.
Here is the bike. And the pro. I wish they didn’t make ladies bikes in white! Then again it forces good bike maintenance on the Irish muck filled roads.
Excited!! Next is to get out on the roads and build handling experience and time in the saddle.