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Old 01-05-17, 07:07 AM
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has anyone ever switched from car or motorcycle racing to pedal bike racing

This summer i start mtb riding again, so happy i did as i really missed it. I also just sold my road racing car and was wondering if some pedal type racing will give me the fix i am looking for. I love being in a car but some of the long weekends at the track for short times in the car were getting to me, costs go up every year (not to say pedal bike racing would be cheap), i have a dirt bike i ride but i am interested in enduro downhill and cyclecross. Curious if anyone ever made the switch and find a new love.

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Old 01-05-17, 07:48 AM
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IMO it's a strange comparison..."apples, oranges, and carrots"...or any other three completely unrelated inanimate objects.

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Old 01-05-17, 09:01 AM
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I know a couple rally guys who also bike competitively. Granted, they still have their cars.

Competition is competition, the car or the bike is just a means to competition. And yes, comparatively, pedal bike racing is MUCH cheaper than car racing at any sort of higher amateur level.
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ajcjr , what kind of car(s) have you had (have) . What association (club) do you belong to ? In the early 80s' I was in the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and WCAR (West Coast Atlantic Racers) first I had a Formula Ford Lola then a Formula Atlantic Ralt . Before that I raced Moto Cross and Speedway . All in Southern California . don't race bicycles though I think I'm all raced out .
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Old 01-05-17, 08:19 PM
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ajcjr , what kind of car(s) have you had (have) . What association (club) do you belong to ? In the early 80s' I was in the SCCA (Sports Car Club of America) and WCAR (West Coast Atlantic Racers) first I had a Formula Ford Lola then a Formula Atlantic Ralt . Before that I raced Moto Cross and Speedway . All in Southern California . don't race bicycles though I think I'm all raced out .

Mark, i ran an nhra stock elim for a few years, raced karts for 5 years and recently raced a SCCA spec racer ford. I also ride motocross but dont race. I guess the competitive spirit in my head may want to have some competition on two wheels lol.
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I never raced competitively but did do autocross and track days. Cost to be competitive was too much for me but I always enjoyed the sound of a good engine and the feel of the car at rhythm; the suspension setting in and the satisfaction of a well executed heel-toe blip and shift. I don't race bikes primarily because I'm way too out of shape but I do draw similarities to enthusiastic driving when going hard on the road bike, especially around the twisties.

Head down pounding on a downslope, move to left for the upcoming right, downshift, off the seat, brake, lean in, counter lean hitting the apex, back onto the seat pumping as you exit wide.

Not exactly the same as in the car but the feeling is familiar, yes.
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Old 01-09-17, 08:47 AM
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My last SCCA road race was back in 2006. I've never done a bike race, although I wonder if it would match the intensity of an all out car road race. The noise, the acceleration, the thrill.


Granted bike racing should be much, much cheaper.
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I don't race but rode a motocross motorcycle through high school and part of college. I started riding bicycles in college, sold my motorcycle and never looked back! Cycling is more fun and lot better exercise!
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I took up cycling in my late 30's and did one crit but that's it. I haven't raced but have been on the track on a motorcycle and have ridden everywhere over the past 40 yrs. The one thing that I find similar between cycling and moto is knowing the right line to take in a corner, braking on a 2-wheeled vehicle and the general dynamics of 2-wheeled vehicles....things like counter-steering and front and rear braking.
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My old roommate did both. Raced cat 2 bikes, and won a National "superbike" type title. (Can't remember the specifics)
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Originally Posted by jefnvk View Post
I know a couple rally guys who also bike competitively. Granted, they still have their cars.

Competition is competition, the car or the bike is just a means to competition. And yes, comparatively, pedal bike racing is MUCH cheaper than car racing at any sort of higher amateur level.
Exactly correct.

I use to do some auto racing but when I did that I ran which was cheap, buy a pair of decent running shoes and off a person could go; but once my knees started to ache from running along with my pocketbook from auto racing I switched to bikes. I quit auto racing back in the late 70's, and quit running early 80's, for a short 3 year span between the very late 70's and very early 80's I tried triathlons but found out I was terrible swimmer which ruined any attempt to compete at a higher level. I never did motorcycle racing.
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