I am a fairly new Cat 4 and am wanting to get on a team for next season and am having difficulty with choosing a team. I have 4 offers, and am considering seriously two of them.
The one team that I have verbally said "yes" to will have one friend that I rode with this year, and then the rest are those that I have gotten to know (recognize their bikes ) from a group ride I join in on. Not the ideal location to my house, but overall good guys. The other team that I initially was highest on asked me last week to join, but that was after I said "yes" to the other team. I have not signed anything and ironically last weekend I went to pay for my kit and no one was there to take my money. This other team is closer, rides in the areas that I ride in, but I don't actually know anyone. From talking to a couple of them and their website they seem like really good guys.
I am not so concerned with benefits or team discounts, as I am not planning on getting a new bike or wheels. Cost is a consideration and the team I have said yes to is $400 for kits, I am not sure about the other team. The team I have said "yes" to needs orders and money in by next weekend, and the other teams next group ride so I can get a feel for them is next weekend. They have a end of season event tomorrow night that they invited me to, but just learned of that today and my kids have an event so cannot make that.
I am so torn on what to do. Anyone else been in this situation? How did you ultimately decide? Any advice is welcomed.