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One bike...but I want to race.

Old 08-09-13, 11:43 AM
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One bike...but I want to race.

So here is my question. I have one bike, a 2010 Tarmac Pro and I want to race. The problem is that I have heard that if I am going to start out racing that I should really have a 'race bike' and a 'training bike'. Race bike preferably being an aluminum one so that when the time comes that I inevitably crash in a cat 5 race that my bike doesn't get demolished. This sounds find to me except for the fact I can't afford another bike at the moment.

What to do? Hold off on racing until I have the funds to buy another bike? Or should I just race anyways?

Also...hello to the NCC and Charles River wheelman groups that may be on here and might see this post!
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don't race what you can't afford to break, but you can break **** in training anyway so you might as well race.
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Just race. Buy a bike if you destroy what you have now.
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Is this serious? Can we set up some sort of stupid test for posting?
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and probably delete this thread while you have2 legit responses and 0 haters!

edit: too late! hhaha
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You want to race, so race your bike.

Although I actually know someone with dedicated training and race bikes, I can tell you that this is pretty rare. If people have multiple bikes it's almost always a different kind of bike for a different kind of riding. For example, I have a race bike, which is what I train for racing on. But I also have SSCX bike for CX racing and commuting. And an ancient MTB for commuting and running errands.

And as ygduf said, you can just as easily crash your bike in training. Probably more likely since you'll spend more time training than racing. Hell, I destroyed my favoritest race bike ever just riding to the training ride.
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I know domestic pros who have one bike.

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