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Old 06-15-06, 08:37 AM
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Originally Posted by kunsei83
People always say that the expense of their bike is much more than their ability. i.e. overweight old man riding a $5k bike.
Many beginners are racing on $3000-5000 bikes and losing while the elite riders are on cheap aluminum frames built up with whatever they could find that was light and cheap. I did my first racing season on a hand-me-down 24 lb Centurion with downtube shifters (brifters had just come out). Not a terrible bike, but less than half of what the competition was riding. I got my best ever nationals finish on that bike, my first few wins including the Long Beach Grand Prix (largest junior field locally). The next year I upgraded to a carbon frame and titanium goodies, and didn't win a race that season. If you get a half way representable bike, the rest is just training yourself. When you lose a race by a wheel length, then you need to get the fancy stuff.
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