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    Have you ever been in a race with someone on Lightweights?

    I stroll a few bike forums and always check out the "Post your bike" threads, etc. There are always a handful of bikes in there with Lightweight wheels on them.

    I have never seen them on a bike in any race I have been to. Mind you, I race mostly in SoCal so you would think there would be some around. Not that I am on a search for them but maybe I just didn't notice.

    Have you ever raced against someone actually riding Lightweight wheels?

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    My teammate crashed out at Valley of the Sun while on Lightweights. He broke his collarbone, shoulder blade and had a concussion. The wheels were barely scratched. Amazing.

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    On my first race this year was a guy on Time RXR with Lightweights.
    He wasn't fast.

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    I don't think I'd notice Lightweights in a race. I do notice when people are riding with power taps. It seems I'm always sucking their wheel.

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    if one sees someone on lightweights it's best to immediately withdraw. No hope, duh.
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    Last year in a RR my field passed a guy who had a pair of lightweights, he had been dropped from the master's field that had started a few minutes in front of us. But he looked like he was 60 or older, and I think he owns a high end bike shop in the state.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    I don't think I'd notice Lightweights in a race.
    I think you would notice, they sound like a jet engine roaring down the road... I've only seen them once and it was on a weekend hammerfest ride, they are sexy.
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    Yes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cmh View Post
    I don't think I'd notice Lightweights in a race. I do notice when people are riding with power taps. It seems I'm always sucking their wheel.
    Negative on the lightweights.

    But I'll second the powertaps... The giant hub always catches my eye (as I'm flying by them of course )
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    The giant hub always catches my eye as I'm flying by them of course )
    ....flying by which direction?

    I don't notice any gear anyone rides anymore. Seriously. I don't know why. I guess I just don't care anymore.

    To be honest I don't even race with my nice gear. Down and dirty crit bike with cheapish stuff and a heavy old powertap on it. It draws a lot of wheelsuckers and causes cases of whiplash as I fly by though.

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    Yes, open crit, it was a local pro woman (won in Tulsa this weekend). She beat me that day...

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    Yes, I know at least one guy in town that owns and races on Lightweights

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    There were on his TT bike but he uses them for road as well...


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    one of the guys from san diego uses them in the masters races here in socal along with his m5 brakes

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    Kid from Jittery Joe's Devo squad races Lightweights...on his 7900 equipped custom Vanilla! He's MAYBE 17 or 18 and got blown the F out the back of the 3 races in the Spring Series.

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    I rarely notice others' gear, so no idea if I've raced against someone on lightweights. only gear I've noticed this year was one of BD's team mates on a ridley noah and boras, and the proliferation of 1080s. they stand out, and everyone I know on them makes 'em go fast.

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    big George.

    I think he has a Dean, too.

    kinda tough to miss the Noah w/Boras.
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    Yep.

    Ventoux, Obi's and regulares.

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    i did a road race in AZ a few years ago where there were at least two guys on lightweights. they were both racing in the masters class.

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    Do these people show up to the race in a Ferrari with a bike rack on the trunk?
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    justin B. owner of Pista Palace in san diego rides almost exclusively on them.

    http://pistapalace.com/index2.html

    hes a cool guy. has the money. likes nice ****. so why not.
    if your at fiesta island thursday nights you have probably seen em.

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    Quote Originally Posted by enjoi07 View Post
    justin B. owner of Pista Palace in san diego rides almost exclusively on them.

    http://pistapalace.com/index2.html

    hes a cool guy. has the money. likes nice ****. so why not.
    if your at fiesta island thursday nights you have probably seen em.
    I agree 100%. If you got the money or the hookups, why not ride the best stuff?

    I was just curious. I do see them quite a bit on forums, but never seem to actually see them at races.

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    My team mate Alan has them. He places and wins 35+ races in the NY area on them, most recently the Tour de Parc Crit on LI.

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    Quote Originally Posted by spinwax View Post
    I was just curious. I do see them quite a bit on forums, but never seem to actually see them at races.
    The guy who owns the wheels I posted will be at Bakersfield I think, in the cat 3 race with me...

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    Yes, there is a guy here in Colorado that rides them on a K2 road bike. I saw him with his Lightweights at the Santa Fe Century a couple weeks ago. He looks pretty fast, but still...

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