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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandera View Post
    Join a club, pin on a number and proceed.
    Any decent entry level road bike in good mechanical condition will do to see if you enjoy the experience.
    Have at it.

    -Bandera
    This may or may not be a good idea. We know nothing of the OP's group riding experience, and bike handling ability.

    The much more responsible approach is to follow the progression set forth in the linked thread.

    It's also the progression that's more likely to lead to a positive first racing experience and a desire to return.

    Going into your first race, nevr having ridden in a pack, or even worse never having ridden in a pace line, can be a recipe for problems.

    So the firs part, join a club is a great idea. Join a club, ride with them for a bit, talk to them, learn from them, and then pin on a number.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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    Quote Originally Posted by merlinextraligh View Post
    This may or may not be a good idea. We know nothing of the OP's group riding experience, and bike handling ability.


    So the firs part, join a club is a great idea. Join a club, ride with them for a bit, talk to them, learn from them, and then pin on a number.
    Did you think that by "join a club" I meant:

    Join your local cycling club, but keep it a Secret.
    Avoid any New Riders Clinics, hide from the coaches and do not under any circumstances participate in club training rides or communicate with your new teammates.
    You will need the Official Sign of Approval before pinning on a number and having at it, that will come with your race license in the mail.

    PS
    Your bike won't cut it and everyone will make fun of you.
    Go spent an enormous amount of money on the latest model immediately and avoid putting any miles on it, it needs to be kept clean.


    -Bandera
    Last edited by Bandera; 04-02-14 at 10:24 AM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bandera View Post
    Did you think that by "join a club" I meant:

    Join your local cycling club, but keep it a Secret.
    I responded to what you wrote:

    Quote Originally Posted by Bandera View Post
    Join a club, pin on a number and proceed.
    Any decent entry level road bike in good mechanical condition will do to see if you enjoy the experience.
    Have at it.

    -Bandera
    That pretty much is telling the OP he should pin on a number without any work on his bike handling, or pack skills, which he may or may not need.
    You could fall off a cliff and die.
    You could get lost and die.
    You could hit a tree and die.
    OR YOU COULD STAY HOME AND FALL OFF THE COUCH AND DIE.

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