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Old 07-23-07, 10:43 AM
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Geometry question from beginning racer . . .

The Bianchi C2C model, a "comfort" "racing" bike (assuming that you racing studs even believe that there can be such a thing), was designed with an extra five to ten millimeters in the head tube and stays (and thus also has a slightly longer wheelbase). Reviews, both professional in magazines and amateur on Web sites, all seem to say the same: great bike, light, smooth, fast, but OH MY GOD DON'T USE IT IN A CRITERIUM!

I'm thinking about trying some local criterium races, Cat 4/5, on a C2C model. So: do those few millimeters really make that much of a difference in the corners? If the upshot of the bike's geometry is that I'll have to work a bit harder in the turns, and/or that it might slow me down a bit, then fine. If the upshot is rather that I'm going to be a menace and danger to the group and myself, I'll pass until I find a "real" "racing" bike. I'll obviously give the bike a test run around the course and make sure that I'm comfortable, but any advice would be appreciated, too.
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Old 07-23-07, 10:57 AM
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It won't matter. I have a long (104.5cm wheelbase), tall, classic steel road bike and I pass riders in crit corners all the time. It can help to have a shorter wheelbase, but it's not a requirement.
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Basically, your bike probably will not turn-in as quickly as some other bikes, but will also likely be a bit more stable in the turns. As long as you are comfortable on it, 'twill be fine.
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