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Any advice appreciated.
Where about In phuket are you moving too? Jurgen is based in Laguna or Bang Tao area so make sure you are close by
There are quite a few hills to climb in Phuket, it really depends on what route you wish to take. The ride to Patong area has a few steep hill including Kamala and the east coast (where the old 70.3 course is) can be relatively brutal. But a TT bike is good enough as i made it up those hills in a TT but it was a struggle
In Thailand, there are lots of motorbikes so be careful, very careful of traffic. I developed bike handling skills that I didn't know were needed but came in handy. (I never raced in bike road races so never learned those skills until there). Also consider a highbred or mountain bike, or even a cruiser. Comes in handy getting around. Also, you might to do some recreational biking in Up Country (the Northern region of Thailand), or in Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam or elsewhere. Thai food is awesome. Some great bike riding in Khoa Yai in the mountains north of Bangkok. The culture is different in Phuket and the southern part of Thailand compared to the rest of the country. Sawaddi Khup.