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View Poll Results: do you have a separate race bike and road bike?
no way- my race ride is my everyday. 52 60.47%
yes, i've got a sunday ride and another that gets beaten like a dog 14 16.28%
i've got 3 bikes, all of them i race. 3 3.49%
i'm a rich git with 2 sunday bikes, 1 saturday bike, a racebike, and a racebike for the rain. 5 5.81%
STFU and ride your bike! 9 10.47%
all of the above 3 3.49%
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Old 04-29-08, 07:44 AM   #1
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you're pretty little bike is going to hell (originally titled "hard to beat")

i've just finished a build recently and only now have i tallied all the costs up- it almost made me faint. i'm a bit hesitant to race such an expensive bike, but building another bike exclusively for racing would only add to the issue. i wasn't intent on racing, but somewhere along the way...

i've got 2 bikes. one i use to commute with- and this bike gets locked up for hours on occasion, and the other was supposed to be my sunday bike. i'm thinking about building up a race bike to be thrashed and crashed.

so, do you have a bike exclusively built for racing and have another "sunday" bike"?

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Old 04-29-08, 08:02 AM   #2
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As far as road bikes:

I ride this one everyday

I race this one every race with the occasional shakedown ride prior to the races. I don't have a bike that I'm scared to race, which is why I don't put a ton of money into my bikes. I'd be sick if I wrecked a 6K bike. I like my aluminum frames.
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Old 04-29-08, 08:03 AM   #3
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I think its more common for people to have a new/nice bike that they use for racing and an older race bike that they use for training and "everyday" riding. Some people have multiple race bikes for different types of races (i.e. crits vs. RRs).
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Yep, I have a training bike and a race bike. They are pretty similar though.

Training bike.


Race bike.
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I have one bike.
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Hi,

My bikes are generally well chronicled in these forums.

My race bike is my best and newest bike:


My training bike is my prior race bike:


If you build a bike on which you can crash, you will.
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One TT, One Road, One MTB, and a CX on the way.
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I've one good bike that I use to train and race. There's no way I'm spending that much money on a nice bike if it's only going to get ridden at most once a week.
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Just one bike, but most racers would consider it a training bike, or a Roubaix bike
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Only one, but I'd like to get a bike more suited for crits...
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How can someone live with only one bike?

Currently I have 4 and they are all used differently.

-My primary Road bike (training and racing)
-Old steel bike that is left in the Computrainer.
-TT bike (well a road bike conversion)
-Mnt bike

I still want a second straight road bike or a fixed gear, a CX bike and a real TT bike... it never ends.
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I have one bike to train on and that I use for RR and circuit races, basically anything except crits (look 595)
Another to do crits with, Higher BB, smaller frame, lower position, much cheaper. (system six)
Then I have a fixie for commuting (KHS flite 100, again cheap)
Then I am looking at TT bikes right now because next year there are 4-5 stage races with TT that I want to do and I'm going to need one eventually anyway.
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I think its more common for people to have a new/nice bike that they use for racing and an older race bike that they use for training and "everyday" riding. Some people have multiple race bikes for different types of races (i.e. crits vs. RRs).
I dont know of anybody that does this.
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Old 04-29-08, 11:24 AM   #15
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i got's 4 road bikes (and a SS 29er), i use them all, a lot:


1. commuter/CX/touring/ultra distance/winter training bike... this thing does it all. full fenders, tool kit, rack, 3 bottle cages and burly tires. It's a scatantte CX frame. 4000 miles a year. It gets studded tires in the winter. Ive done 200k days, commuted through deep powder and done numerous training rides on this thing. Awesome.

2. Primary training bike: 2002 Trek 5500 with PT rear hub and raceblade fenders when necessary. It has a triple and gatorskins. It's light and reliable enough to race, too as I did for the Battenkill-Roubaix and a few training crits. It was on the trainer most of the winter, too. I beat the crap out of this bike and cant wait to destroy it so I can get a SOMA Smoothie. It has nearly the same position as the race bike and the same pedals saddle and H-bars. Having identical positions on 2 bikes has been very helpful.
3500 miles a year.

3. Race Bike: c-dale caad7 with Easton aero carbon tubulars. couldnt ask for more bike than this. it never leaves me feeling like "it's the bikes fault". I use clinchers for certain races (horrible weather or scary, less-significant crits...). 1500? miles a year

4. Fixed gear conversion. sweet 1984 Japanese frame with armadillos and full fenders. put 2000 miles on her this winter and now she rests rusty in the basement. Great memories...
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1) Giant TCR Team Advanced. (the race bike)
2) Merlin Extralight ( the long ride bike, and the "Roubaix" race bike.)
3) Paramount OS (the former race bike.)
4) Paramount Track bike (fixed gear workouts, and if I ever get to a track, race bike.)
5) Griffen Vulcan (the TT bike)
6) Schwinn High Sierra. (the POS MTB)
7) Co-Motion Robusta. (the soon to be Tandem race bike)
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How can someone live with only one bike?

Currently I have 4 and they are all used differently.

-My primary Road bike (training and racing)
-Old steel bike that is left in the Computrainer.
-TT bike (well a road bike conversion)
-Mnt bike

I still want a second straight road bike or a fixed gear, a CX bike and a real TT bike... it never ends.
Well, if you're going to count those bikes...

I've also got a tandem and two MTBs (SS and geared)
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I have my old training bike as my commuter, and my new bike is my trainer/racer

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How can someone live with only one bike?
Can't afford / don't need more.

I know you're joking, but I couldn't resist.
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I think his point is that if you think you are going to crash, you will be in the mindstate that will lead to crashing. That said, most crashes don't destroy the bike.
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I currently have two road bikes - my primary racing/training bike, and a rain bike. The rain bike is not because I won't ride my primary bike in the rain, it has full fenders for the benefit of training partners that draft behind me. I had a fixed gear that I sold - I'm looking for a new one. And I also have a mountain bike that I ride occasionally.
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I think his point is that if you think you are going to crash, you will be in the mindstate that will lead to crashing. That said, most crashes don't destroy the bike.
Hi,

Basically correct. If you build a bike because you think you are going to crash, you probably will crash. That's my interpretation of bad Karma and I'm sticking to it.

Race with the intention of staying upright -- don't race thinking that you're bound to crash.

When you can grab the spoke nipple out of my hand...
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My next road bike will probably be a proper 'Sunday bike' for cruising the back roads quickly with a modicum of comfort. Likely a Moots or Hamsten or such. In the meantime I beat the holy hell out of my CR1.
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Hi,

Basically correct. If you build a bike because you think you are going to crash, you probably will crash. That's my interpretation of bad Karma and I'm sticking to it.

Race with the intention of staying upright -- don't race thinking that you're bound to crash.

When you can grab the spoke nipple out of my hand...

i understand your point but i disagree. i used to race motorcycles, and we used to say that it wasn't a matter of "will i crash?", it was a matter of when- and "when i do, hopefully it won't hurt to badly". perhaps it's different in bicycle racing (most probably it is because getting in front is a matter of having more motor, not beating someone to the apex with an out-braking move), but still crashes happen. i don't line up thinking that i'm going to crash when i race, but surely, sometimes it's in the back of my mind, and it's silly not to take precautionary measures- isn't that why there's a helmet on your head?

i'm not some sissy worried about crashing all the time , if it does happen, i'd rather crash a bike that i didn't care about as much.

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