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$$ burning hole in pocket: powertap or cross bike?(5 posts)

$$ burning hole in pocket: powertap or cross bike?shawndoggy
Sep 18, 2003 9:24 AM
Background... I'm an aspiring Cat 4 racer. Did pretty well in my second season, and I've been bumped to the A group for next season in the local series after doing well in the B group this season. Of course this is where the truly gifted and talented racers race, so I'm expecting to be pack fill for quite a while.

Anyhow, I've got about $600 burning a hole in my pocket. Should I get a powertap or a cross bike? The powertap seems like the logical choice ($800 from Nashbar minus 20% using coupon = $640) for stepping up to the next level competition-wise.

But I could probably get a used cross bike for that much too, and I've always wanted a cross bike, and ...

Advice needed -- should logic or passion prevail?
re: $$ burning hole in pocket: powertap or cross bike?MShaw
Sep 18, 2003 10:35 AM
If you get a cross bike, you'll have an emergency backup crit bike if something were to happen to your other bike...

Do you have a cyclocross series in the fall?bimini
Sep 19, 2003 5:06 AM
If so, get the cross bike.

Our road season is over here, but there is a gravel road cross series starting up. I'm considering doing a couple, to see if they are fun. Also a way to extend the racing season and spend less time on teh trainer during the winter months. I would much rather be outside doing anything as to be on a boring trainer for an hour.
we do..shawndoggy
Sep 19, 2003 8:45 AM
And I've got a way to make my 10 mile commute to work about 50% dirt, which would certainly make it a little more fun.

But will riding cross this fall keep me from embarrasing myself next season road racing with the big boys? Dunno. Powertap might, though, provided I use it consistently.

Or maybe I'll just do the smart thing and put the cash in the kids college savings account and be thankful that I can afford to do so.
we do..MShaw
Sep 22, 2003 2:04 PM
Riding cross is either the best thing or the worst thing for you.

It'll teach you how to suffer like a dog for an hour or so, it'll help you with the bike handling, and you get cool points for racing cross next season.

Its also the worst time of year to be suffering like a dog, which MAY lead to burnout in June...

The good thing about a good cross bike is that it'll give you an emergency road bike, a bike to kick around on (commuting), and a fun toy to build up frankenbike-style.

A Power Tap is just a training aid, cross is an addiction. (Says the guy that's done all of two races... but can't wait for more!)