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Racing bikes any good for century events?(11 posts)

Racing bikes any good for century events?Gordon
Jun 17, 2001 11:12 PM
I'm a novice and looking for a bicycle. At a local bicycle store, there are two used bikes, one touring road bike, and one racing road bike. My goal is to do some 100miles+ events eventually, which bike is better for me?

Many thanks in advance =)
Charity or Racing Events? NTCar Magnet
Jun 18, 2001 6:26 AM
re: Racing bikes any good for century events?casati_rider
Jun 18, 2001 6:53 AM
I have a racing bike and a touring bike. For a single day I always ride the racer, but I do feel mine has a forgiving ride. Also, I ride a least one hundred plus miler a week. If it's a multi-day ride with several high mileage days, I'll ride the touring bike. You could go either way and alot has to do with which bike you are looking at. I think more then anything is a bike that fits and your body being use to riding the distance. Make sure that what ever you buy has a good fit or chances are you won't be riding it.
The one that fits you the best.notes_clp
Jun 18, 2001 7:48 AM
There have been several discussion treads just in the past three weeks about how a bike should fit..

I would read them all.
re: Racing bikes any good for century events?ebayer
Jun 18, 2001 8:13 AM
the pros ride 100+ miles on racing bike all the time
re: Racing bikes any good for century events?Alan B
Jun 18, 2001 9:43 AM
Go racing bike. Much more fun to ride (like comparing a Porsche to a Ford Tarus -- nothing wrong with the Tarus, but not nearly as fun to drive). 100 miles on a racing bike is no problem at all.
some use them for RAAMDog
Jun 18, 2001 11:36 AM
Some use racing bikes for RAAM, 3000 miles in 8-10 days. I use them for doubles, and intend to use them for ultra events.

The points of contact likely matter more than the bike itself. The saddle, pedals, and handlebars/aerobars can make or break you on the long rides.

agree, stillcyclopathic
Jun 19, 2001 7:03 AM
for something like BMB touring bike would be a better choice.

longer wheelbase, lower gearing (triples and mnt cass are common), panniers, dynamo, head/tail lights, mnt bike style clipless and shoes, fat ass saddles (Brooks still the choice), fat tires and yes fenders

As the matter of fact longest brevet (1400) London Edinburgh London specifies full size fenders.
agree, stillDog
Jun 19, 2001 10:22 PM
Yup; supported vs. unsupported makes a big difference, too. Don't have to carry squat yourself on RAAM, and don't need too much for a century; a 750+ mile brevet is different.

I just finished the CAR on my DeRosa MerakThioderek
Jun 18, 2001 11:44 AM
All told it was 600 miles in 7 days up and down hills, flats, horrible roads, some very good roads and very little in the way of headwinds.

I was more than satisfied with the bike held up and performed. The DeRosa is almost purely a racing bike. I had been a little worried about the stiffness of the ride, but found that it was negligible. It is the 2000 model with the Dedicacci (spelling) tubing and Record 10 speed. I went the whole 7 days without having to resort to chafing cream or chamois butter. I think that was the true test.

Provided you get the perfect fit, I dont think that racing bikes will detract from a long ride, in fact I think it enhances the ride. I cant tell you how many times I would fly up a hill and pass all the other people who were on heavier more comfortable bikes.

Go with the racing bike.
re: Racing bikes any good for century events?JimF
Jun 18, 2001 8:31 PM
I'd say racing bike, bearing in mind that my racing bikes are pretty forgiving, while some other really stiff twitchy ones could give you a beatin' over a 100 mile ride, if you're not used to them.
My tourer gives a nice, relatively luxurious, smooth ride, and can keep up a good clip once it's up to speed. However, unless I'm in pretty much top shape, I spend a pretty lonely day on my touring bike, 'cause my clubmates leave me in the dust.