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Old 04-01-05, 01:10 PM
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Hi.
I need a recommendation here. Right now I have 2002 allez 53/39 23/12 bike. It's a good bike, but it just not fast enough for the crits. I was thinking of buying a high end unicycle with carbon frame, titanium cranks, etc. To have a competitive edge in races. Can anyone recommend a good brand/model?
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Old 04-01-05, 03:44 PM
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I guess if you had an 11-23 you might be a little faster. I would reccomend this bike. So far I ve been on the podium twice with this baby.

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Old 04-01-05, 03:56 PM
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So you're saying the BIKE isn't fast enough for the Crits?
Yeah, a lot of people have that problem.

The unicycle will only help in straight-line crits.
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Old 04-02-05, 10:22 AM
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i don't know much about racing, but since the ones who do are just making fun of you, i think if i could afford it i would by top or second rung road bike(as opposed to tri or time)... from Fondreist Pinnerello Argon Cervelo Look Trek ya... can't think of anymore dream brands. i would go with carbon fibre over titanium just on a hunch..... oh ya... Guru is good too. i would make sure the dealer custom measured the bike to my body measurements, and i would keep the group to shimano durace or ultegra. Campy Record may be better, but i'd just stay with shimano. that's what i'd do. but i'm no expert.
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I don't know why everybody is making fun of you but your question certainly makes sense. Criterium bikes needs a short wheelbase, "nervous" headtube angle and a bit more ground clearance to allow fast cornering.

Bikes for long distances usually have a slightly longer wheelbase, a "lazy" headtube angle and a slightly longer top tube. If your current bike has such specs then it is indeed "to slow" for criteriums.

A criterium bike also needs light wheels because acceleration after each corner benefits from less rotating mass.

Hope my English makes sense. Greetings from Amsterdam

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Originally Posted by EventServices
The unicycle will only help in straight-line crits.
I don't know, man. Would you want to be anywhere near that thing in a corner? He would probably be given a substantial amount of space, enough to make a successful break. Everyone would assume they could chase him down on the final lap. But it'd be too late. Game over.

(goes googling for a CF unicycle...)
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Old 04-02-05, 11:01 AM
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many new racers have this problem. they go to a bike shop, tell the salesperson they want a fast bike, then they put their bike in a race and it finishes last. the solution seems obvious when someone with experience finally points it out to them: you have to ride the bike. get on it and ride it and see if you are fast enough then.
 
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Hi.
Check out when the post was made. Hint 4/1 .
Common unicycle for crits? As in this type of bike .


Sorry for all the confusion never thought anyone would take it seriously.
What did you guys thought I was talking about?
P.S. Thanks for the serious replies too. My appologies again, never intended this thread to be serious.
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I had no clue what a unicycle was. Language problem.

Greetings from Amsterdam
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Doh!
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Cannondale R1000 is a really good buy
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