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Old 07-06-10, 10:46 PM
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Hey I need some help....ahhhh

I'm about to turn fifteen I have been riding since last summer and I really need to get racing and riding more. I am the only one of my friends that just loves to book for as long as they can and just stomp on the pedals. One problem... there is only one group for juniors that actually races and does things like that and its 15 miles away. If i joined i would be the youngest rider but apparently i can't join and its because i do not have a road bike, just a fix gear. I hate fix gears but its all i got, i have this whole summer to ride and i cant afford the bike I want and join this team. What should I do its killing me i already have a riding sponsor from a fix gear shop but its not for road racing which is what i want to do. What should i do its killing me.
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Sell your bike and get a used road bike, then join the junior squad 15 miles away. Even if you only end up w/$200 for a road bike, you should be able to get a working race-worthy steel 1980s bike. Learn to work on it yourself.
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15 miles isn't an impossible distance to ride to a group ride. Should take less than an hour to cruise there. 1-2 hour group ride, and ride home.

I wish I'd started riding when I was 15 instead of 28.
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Do whatever it takes. Buy track-end derailleur hanger (if they make those?), a cassette, a chain, and a a 3/32 chainring. You could probably get those for under $100
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I'd sell your bike and get a used road bike. Keep in mind if you do begin racing, you may have to pay entry fees, license fees, transportation costs, etc.
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Hi, I'm 17, I started when I was 16. What I did, I convinced my parents to buy me a nice bike. My bike turned out to cost about $750 for a almost mint-condition 2009 Trek 2.1.

Here's some options you might want to consider:

1) You can ask your parents to help pay for a new bike, if you can sell your bike for a decent price. You might want to check out used bikes on craigslist. Don't spend too much on a new bike because you're going to grow. But what you do is you go to your nearest bike shop, and tell them your height and that your interested in road biking/ racing. Then ask them what frame size they'll recommend. Once you know your size, then look on craigslist or ebay for a decent bike. I'd say most used entry level bikes are between 500-900.

2) You can ask a junior if you can borrow or purchase a bike they have outgrown. Just remember you need to know your size.

Some things you might want to keep in mind, the older juniors, most likely the 17-18s, will have unbelievably expensive bikes. Believe it or not, a lot of the older Juniors have high end carbon frames equipped with expensive carbon rims, like ZIPPs. Don't be discouraged, I have placed better than riders with carbon frames and rims, and I have an aluminum bike equipped with Tiagra and 105.

So once you get your bike, don't pay attention to the better equippment of the other juniors. Focus on your training, mental toughness, and your desire to succeed.
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Ask the individuals that run the club if they have access to a bike or can help you out/let you borrow one.

Cycling is a grass roots kind of community. Local teams - specifically geared towards juniors - are run by people that are used to "helping out".

If necessary - sell your fixed gear. Don't even think twice about it.
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