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Racing Bike AdviceTORIP
Jun 9, 2003 6:54 PM
I just got my license in the mail. I have one high end bike, but I don't want to race it because I'm scared of crashing and destroying it. I have a club team deal on a Fondriest Madonna Di Campigliano, Top Level, Cannondale CAAD 5, and a Pinarello Galileo. What would you guys recommend for a beginning racer that is looking for an efficient ride that is tolerable. Performance is paramount to most other considerations because I want to try and upgrade ASAP. I already have all my components.
go the cheap route...niteschaos
Jun 10, 2003 6:04 AM
If you can't afford to replace it, don't race it. With that ol' saying in mind I'd go with whatever was cheapest/most reliable. I really don't have 'comfort' issues when I race because I'm too focused on positioning for the turn and other what-nots.
re: Racing Bike AdviceLC
Jun 10, 2003 10:11 AM
The CAAD 5 is about as light as any of them and very responsive. It also does not hurt that it is less expensive so when you crash it there will only be a few tears, instead of a whole lot!
Ditto the cheap routeNo_sprint
Jun 10, 2003 12:13 PM
unless you're daddy warbucks. I break out my most expensive rig frequently with full understanding of what I'm doing. In SoCal, Dales are by far the most popular racing frame. GT, Giant and Trek are up there.
re: Racing Bike AdvicekenyonCycleist
Jun 10, 2003 8:34 PM
what do u mean destroy..i've had a buncho crashes and the frame is the last thing to be damaged..the dropout and skewer and bars hit the ground the frame itself is hard to directly hit...dont buy another bike..use the one u have..thats what its made for right?? why buy a ferrari if u only intend to go the speed limit??? same deal
yes, but would you want to risk a C40?weiwentg
Jun 11, 2003 5:25 AM
the frame may be the last thing to be hit, but get a C40 and race in the Cat 4s and it WILL be hit. probably sooner rather than later, if you have my luck.
yes, but would you want to risk a C40?kenyonCycleist
Jun 11, 2003 7:43 AM
what is he doing with a c40 as a cat 4??? a bike like that requires a good deal of racing/riding experience to respect
I agree...Dwayne Barry
Jun 12, 2003 4:14 AM
only those with a Cat. II (everyone knows with a half-way decent sprint any idiot can get to cat. III in short order) or higher license should be able to purchase bikes over $3000. It will do wonders for the bicycling industry!
re: Racing Bike Advicexcmntgeek
Jun 11, 2003 7:15 AM
Go with the C-dale, can you say expendable alluminum? They sprint and climb really well IMHO and the price is reasonable. 90% of the people on my team ride them (no sponsorship) simply because when they do finally get stressed C-dale replaces them for free. I'm not sure about crash damage, though.
re: Racing Bike Advicepalewin
Jun 11, 2003 6:00 PM
I guess I'm in the minority that says race the bike you train on. Unless you can get an identical position on the 2nd bike, you will be used to the feel of your training bike (if you're like me, 90% of your mileage is training) and you want that feeling of familiarity when you race. (The only thing I swap for racing are the wheels - I love my light race-only set!) As I believe kenyoncyclist said, your high end bike is made for racing, use it for what it was designed for.
I dont have that much money.niteschaos
Jun 11, 2003 9:09 PM
I race what I train except for wheels. When I put my race wheels on the whole bike transforms into something much lighter and quicker. Doesn't even feel the same.
re: Racing Bike AdviceSTurner
Jun 13, 2003 5:51 AM
I agree with palewin's comment on getting the frame that you can adjust to replicate your training bike's position. "Here here" about racing a bike you're not comfortable on, YIKES! I've also seen people with 2 very different bikes end up developing knee problems etc. from drastically switching positions often.

I've got 2 bikes, one that is my custom-built baby and the other (a production bike) that is expendable. I bought bike #2 because it was 1) a good deal and 2) because the geometry was within millimeters of my custom frame. When I was setting up the production bike, I took both bikes to the local shop, and they were able to help me replicate my position. Although the custom bike's ride is a little more plush, other than that, I can't tell the difference between the 2 when riding.

For added convenience, try to get identical gruppos too. Not a must, but it sure comes in handy when you can swap wheels in a heartbeat or something else breaks.
re: Racing Bike AdviceFranchise
Jun 18, 2003 4:31 AM
I'd have to give my vote towards you getting the c'dale. They are a great racing frameset, and they are relatively cheap. However, I must disclose that it is very important for you to find a frame that is close to your "high end" bike. This would be important for fit issues as well as comfort level.