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Old 06-14-06, 10:17 PM
ken cummings
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Originally Posted by Machka
The least amount of money you would need to compete would be about $25 for an old thrift shop road bicycle, $1 for oil for the chain, $14*2 for the tires, $2.50*2 for the tubes, $5 for the "drop-in" racing licence, and $5 for the race. Total: $69.00.

If you're good enough, you could compete well in a cat. 1 or 2 race with that.
+1 Machka. Years ago I read of a guy touring (bag and all) through Texas who met up with a racing team and asked to ride with them. Sneering, they said,"We are a top racing team and we don't want you getting in the way and interferring with our riding." "OK, where are you headed in your ride?" On hearing where he said, "Race you there" and took off. With a full rotating paceline they never caught him. He had won RAAM the year before and was in training for the next one.
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