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Old 11-20-09, 10:52 PM
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Originally Posted by CrimsonKarter21 View Post
Seriously. Joinging a team because they have cool sponsors or a cool kit is dumb (unless the kit is absolutely hideous). I was talking to a local kid about joining my current team because his current wa, for the most part, folding. He said it was down to two teams; one which I was on at one point, and mine. He was trying to get to see what we could give him in terms of deals and free stuff, so I told him to go join the other team. I really don't want to be on the same team (albeit 3,000 miles away) as some kid who's got no results and trying to steal equipment from people who work 3x as hard as him.
It's funny, maybe it is because I come from a motocross background, but I can't believe how much some local cyclists expect out of a team. When you get sponsored by a shop in MX, getting 20% off retail or 5-10% over cost and a good deal on a bike is basically all you get. I couldn't imagine wanting a free kit or free swag, it is all about who runs the shop and who you want to hang out with at the races.

The thought of getting a free kit or free stuff when I joined my team for next season never even crossed my mind.It just so happened that some of my favorite people to ride with were joining the team and the guy who started it invited me to the first team meeting.

It's not about the swag, its about the people and the atmosphere...
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