Hello from a newbie.....I'm doing the New York triathlon (my first) this Sunday and need some advice...I have been training on my hybrid since February and am a decent cyclist, although not as fast as I could be if I had a road bike. In a tire changing clinic a few weeks back I discovered that it is almost impossible for me to get my tires off my bike - they are armadillo, and have a really tight bead.
My husband arranged for me to borrow a friend's (quite nice) road bike. But I have only been able to ride it 3 times for about 6 miles each time, and since it is a different geometry to my hybrid, I feel a little less confident on it - it also seems to use my muscles a little differently than my hybrid does. But I am about 10% faster on it, although my goal for my first triathlon is more completion than speed.
I am leaning toward just going with the bike I am familiar with and have been training on these past few months rather than introduce something new to the mix at this late stage. The only problems are a) if I get a flat I may be screwed (what are the chances I could find someone official to help on the course?) and b) I will be slower on the hybrid.