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My first racebike was an eighties, steel, red, Peugeot kidsbike.
My parents bought it for me when I was 9 years old on the local flea market for $50.
It was rusty, but after lubing it up completely it was still in perfect condition.
I installed a little honk-trumpet on it to scare pedestrians and had great fun
It was so long ago that it was before photography.
I do believe there is a cave painting or stone carving of it someplace, though.
Black Bianchi Strada LX - 6-spd DT shifter, Cinelli bars and stem, TurboMatic (?) and I think MA-40s, DT 2.0 36H 3X.
I bought the original bike and a friend passed on some upgrades.
I went full custom next.
My first real race bike I got was in 1981. It was a black and silver Premier 101(Australian bike I believe made by Malvern Star). I can see it in my mind today...it was beautiful.
I did get a second hand orange Chevron back in about 1975 which I put high handle-bars on (like your old schwinn stingrays) because I could pull great wheelies / monos on it.
First bike bought specifically to be my race bike:
Not really a race bike, but the OP's isn't either. It's a 2011 Fuji Roubaix 1.0. Its the same as the OP's, but with a red frame and full (except for brakes) 105 5700 group.
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Mine was an 80's Panasonic Track 4000.
If you don't talk to your cat about catnip, who will? =^.^=
"You should never point a loaded gun at anyone. This is not a hard and fast rule, however. A hard and fast rule is that you should never, ever, point an unloaded gun at anyone." --P.J. O'Rourke
'63 Rickert Weltmiester
When I ride it now days guys ask me "what does that thing weigh, like 35 pounds?"
And I respond, "No, its a 21 pound racing bike". Yutes.
Hmm I raced a '73 Motobecane Grand Record a bit, but ny first "real" race bike bought to race was a "74 or, '75? Rodriguez (Reynolds 531 frame with Campy Record) long gone no picture
My SS chain-driven tricycle..."Mr. Speedy". It was red and I kicked every other kid's ass on it.
2003 Interloc Impala2003 Interloc Impala2007 ParkPre Image C62003 Interloc Impala2004 Specialized Rockhopper
First racing bike I owned was an old C-dale, SR300 crit with Suntour Blaze... I bought it new for about $600 in 1990. That summer I got myself a job at my LBS, took all the money I made and bought myself a nice 600 ultegra group and a alumi fork. I raced it like that until an ugly crit crash ate my rear d-hanger in 92... I really wish I would have kept that old frame, I gave it to another lbs, they put it up on the wall and it stayed there until the shop burnt down a few years back.
Anything worth shooting is worth shooting twice...
Colnago C59/SR-EPS, Ridley Helium/SR11, Marinoni Leggero/Duracci, Orbea Opal/Duracci
I first raced on a specialized allez epic. Carbon fiber in aluminum lugs, ultgra, circa 1989.
By the time you're experienced enough to get something germane out of a test ride, you won't need a test ride.
Bikes: Old steel race bikes, old Cannondale race bikes, less old Cannondale race bike, crappy old mtn bike
Did my first race last year
Stem is lowered now, but no recent pics
A 1988 Trek 660 with Omega Mistral drivetrain, Regina chain, Modolo Speedy brakes, Concours saddle, Frame was Reynolds 531.
God I loved that bike.......still have it in dis-arry in basement, now own 8 bikes with the racing ones being uber carbon wunder bikes.
My first race bike was a Schwinn Paramount PDG70 hardtail. I raced Beginner at an XC race at 49° North ski resort and won by about 5-6 minutes, IIRC. Picture this in black/orange with all-XT equipment:
My first road bike that I raced was a '00 Schwinn Paramount, last of the authentic Paramounts:
I only did 11 races, but #10 was the Masters state championship, which ended up as a win after keeping a 3-man break off the front for the second half of the race and then narrowly winning the sprint... from the front. I'm not a very good road-racer, but I earned that one the hard way