Cycling and bicycle discussion forums. 
   Click here to join our community Log in to access your Control Panel  


Go Back   > >

Mountain Biking Mountain biking is one of the fastest growing sports in the world. Check out this forum to discuss the latest tips, tricks, gear and equipment in the world of mountain biking.

User Tag List

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 04-29-02, 09:14 AM   #1
joshe236
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 75
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
A lesson I learned............

Hi all,
I had my first race yesterday (Sunday), it was the Ford No Boundaries MTB at Oleta park in Florida. What I learned is that it's mostly all the rider and not the bike. I got 3rd place in my Wave with a bike that looked like a baby's bike compared to everyone else's. I had my cheap $200 mongoose mgx 6.5 bike and I was racing against bike that were $1,000 + like Klein's (Mantra's), Specialied FSR's, Cannondale's, etc. I creamed most of those guys . It was a 9 mile lap, which I did in 59 mins. The 12 people who were behind me finished in 1 hour and 20+. 2nd place, which was a friend of mine (on his newly bought Mantra) beat me by 2 mins.
Just goes to show that you really don't need a fancy bike to win..(in some cases you do..lol), but that it's mostly on the rider.
joshe236 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-02, 01:50 PM   #2
VegasCyclist
suitcase of courage
 
VegasCyclist's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: SoCal (ex Las Vegas, NV)
Bikes:
Posts: 1,010
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
just remember, it's not the bike that makes the rider, but sometimes it does help
__________________
-VegasCyclist
"Daddy made whiskey and he made it well.... cost two dollars and it burned like hell...."
Register!
VegasCyclist is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-02, 02:20 PM   #3
a2psyklnut
NCAA - DUAL CHAMPIONS!
 
a2psyklnut's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2000
Location: From Sarasota, FL sitting in front of a computer spewing random thoughts!
Bikes: Intense Uzzi SL, Masi Speciale, Trek 3700 Nashbar Single Speed, Old Cilo Road frame
Posts: 7,964
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
Congrats on 3rd place! I would agree with you to a point.

As your skill improves and you move up in race classifications, your ability and your competitions ability will be much closer. The "tools" you need to do the job become more critical and you will find the necessity for a decent bike.

Also, the higher the classification, the more important the mental aspect of racing plays a more important role as all the athletes are about in the same physical condition!

L8R
__________________
"Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well preserved body, but rather to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming, "WOW, What a Ride!" - unknown
"Your Bike Sucks" - Sky Yaeger
a2psyklnut is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-29-02, 03:51 PM   #4
joshe236
Senior Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Jan 2002
Location: Florida
Bikes:
Posts: 75
Mentioned: 0 Post(s)
Tagged: 0 Thread(s)
Quoted: 0 Post(s)
I'm still searching for my next "tool"...........Klein Mantra. ..... *drools..........
joshe236 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 12:49 PM.