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What to look for in a road bike?

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I’m looking to purchase a road bike. I will purchase from a local bike store. What should I look for? I’ve never had anything beyond a Walmart bike.  I’m planning on using it to participate in a sprint triathlon (I don’t ever anticipate going beyond Olympic distance). Any tips? Thanks 

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DS used to race—road, cyclocross and mountain bike, as well as triathlon—so feel free to ask specific questions. 

The GCN video I posted above should be helpful. All of their videos and advice is spot on and I highly recommend them as a source of information as you navigate through the racing world. IIRC they have triathlon specific videos as well.

Have fun! 🙂 

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