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A final tought, @johnnyace was at the front of our little gruppetto for a good period of the day, wearing non-cycling shorts and a pair of deck shoes pushing some rat trap pedals, no clips. All day we were passing grillion dollar plastic bikes. There were a total of maybe two hills, each was maybe 100 feet of climbing. I passed someone in full lycra pushing an expensive plastic bike, and it was all I could do to not ask "how much did you pay for that thing?"

The first mile or so was treacherous, big groups of bikes wandering around on the road. A quarter mile in I saw a woman on a brand new bike laying down sideways, clipped into her pedals, not knowing how to get out. I think Johnny stopped and helped her out. I believe it's a huge disservice overselling beginner cyclists and making them think that they need to have clipless pedals to ride a bike. From what I saw it appeared to be that way.

We saw a nice LeJeune, a Della Santa, and a Jack Taylor tandem that I'd seen before two years ago when we rode this thing, but other than that it felt that we were singularly holding down the C&V fort out on the course.
If someone tells you that you have enough bicycles and you don't need any more, stop talking to them. You don't need that kind of negativity in your life.
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