Hey all, I am sure some of you have seen my many posts in the road forum about many different things. Ok so I am thinking about going into the racing side of cycling. I am 16 years of age and I am a bit out of shape and I am working on that. I do not plan to join in on racing for a year or so. I am currently in the process of moving (going to college early...it's a long story). Anyways I am not planning on racing for a college since the college I am going to go to doesn't have a cycling team. So does this mean for me to get into racing I will have to get a membership with USCF? Sorry if these questions are very simple to answer but I have no knowledge of racing at all.
Ok so what I am really here for is information, if anyone can tell me where I can find information on getting into the racing field or info for a noob I would be very thankful. I currently have a LeMond Etape that has all the stock parts on it. I know that this isn't a great start for a bike so I was looking into getting a new bike. I guess I need to know what is more important at this point in time. Should I focus on getting a new bike or getting a good set of wheels and a cyclocomputer and all that jazz. I would think the bike would be more important but thats why I am here to ask you guys! You are the experts after all.
Any help would be very appreciated!