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Should I Buy A Triathlon Bike Right Away? Will A Second Hand Do Or Should It Be Brand New?

Coach Ani de Leon
  • Coach Ani de Leon-Brown is a Certified Level 2 Triathlon Coach by the International Triathlon Union and has completed coaching, camp requirements and attended coaching courses such as Endurance Performance Systems Camp in Melbourne, Australia under Tony Benson, Noosa Triathlon Camp in Sunshine Coast, Australia under Nick Croft, High Performance Training Camp in Goldcoast, Australia under Col Stewart, and the Timex Multisport Team Camp,
  • Coach Ani’s other significant highlights include : The first Filipina Ironman World Championships Qualifier and First Female Multisport Coach in the Philippines, Founder/Coach SuperTriKids Triathlon Youth Dev’t Program, Founder/ Coach of First All Womens Running Clinics (Pinay in Action) in the Philippines, Founding Member of First All Womens Cycling Team in the Philippines (Team Davids Salon), and lastly, perhaps the most important of all (for us at least!), she’s our first In[FOCUS] Athlete too!
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Should I buy a triathlon bike right away? Ingrid signed up for his first triathlon and now he’s thinking whether to wait it out or go all out. Read on for what Coach Ani de Leon-Brown has to say.

From Ingrid Reyes:

Your Question: Hi Coach! Is it advisable if I get a triathlon bike right away? I accompanied my friends at SBR’s Triman and now they’re all ganging up on me to buy a racer bike. I signed up for a triathlon in November but I only have a mountain bike. Should I go all out right away? I’m thinking of getting a second hand road bike first.

From Coach Ani :

Hi Ingrid!

Congratulations on signing up on your first triathlon! I say don’t succumb to peer pressure and take your time. I say this for two main reasons.

1) You want to check your level of commitment, if you do get hooked after your first race, then you can feel better about splurging.

2) You want to align your budget with what’s available for you in the market. It doesn’t hurt to do some extensive research—after all, you would want to use the bike for a long time.

Wishing you a great first season in TRI!

Coach Ani


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A triathlete making a comeback and a true blue Scorpio. That sums it up quite nicely :)

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