New to Bike Racing

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  1. Jbenkert111

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    Any recommendation's would be appreciated:

    Would like to get some suggestions on what type of bike to buy to get into TT racing. Price is not
    important but I would like to only buy enough bike to use for a year or two and then if I like it,
    purchase serious bike to be all I can be.

    Here are some particulars: Have ridden bike's all my life, but only recreationally. Currently own a
    cheap MTN bike and am trying to develope some strength and fitness with it. I am 62 and until a knee
    injury done me in I was a National Class age group runner. The point being is that I am use to
    competitive racing, which may or may not be important in choosing a bike. I weigh 170 and am 6'
    tall. I train regularly with weights. I live in Maryland and will train year around. I have no brand
    prejudice and am open to all suggestions, including any recommendations on how to get started.

    John
     
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  2. John: Fit is everything, whether for general recreational riding, mass-start road racing or time
    trials. I would suggest finding a good bike shop that knows something about racing (or just hard
    recreational riding, since the requirements don't actually differ that much) and see what they can
    do for you. I wouldn't go to a specialty time-trial bike though... your best bet will be for a
    conventional road bike, modified as required (most notably aero wheels and tri-bars).

    Have you checked out the local shops yet? I know somebody in the area who might have some
    recommendations if it seems like you're striking out. You might also check with the masters racing
    groups in your area.

    --Mike-- Chain Reaction Bicycles http://www.ChainReactionBicycles.com

    "Jbenkert111" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Any recommendation's would be appreciated:
    >
    > Would like to get some suggestions on what type of bike to buy to get into
    TT
    > racing. Price is not important but I would like to only buy enough bike
    to use
    > for a year or two and then if I like it, purchase serious bike to be all I
    can
    > be.
    >
    > Here are some particulars: Have ridden bike's all my life, but only recreationally.
    > Currently own a
    cheap
    > MTN bike and am trying to develope some strength and fitness with it. I am
    62
    > and until a knee injury done me in I was a National Class age group
    runner.
    > The point being is that I am use to competitive racing, which may or may
    not be
    > important in choosing a bike. I weigh 170 and am 6' tall. I train
    regularly
    > with weights. I live in Maryland and will train year around. I have no
    brand
    > prejudice and am open to all suggestions, including any recommendations
    on how
    > to get started.
    >
    > John
     
  3. Assuming you don't have an especially short torso for your height, seek out a good shop that carries
    Cervelo. A P2K will be the first and last TT bike you might ever want/need, for about $2000 new and
    ready to race stock. In your two year plan, upgrade to "high zoot" wheels (Zipp, Nimble etc.) and
    maybe a Dura-Ace BB, Crank and brakeset and you will have a superb bike.

    In Maryland, here are there dealers:

    http://www.cervelo.com/text-deal-usa.html#NE

    Good luck.

    hemanth shenoi Verona, WI USA "Jbenkert111" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]...
    > Any recommendation's would be appreciated:
    >
    > Would like to get some suggestions on what type of bike to buy to get into
    TT
    > racing. Price is not important but I would like to only buy enough bike
    to use
    > for a year or two and then if I like it, purchase serious bike to be all I
    can
    > be.
    >
    > Here are some particulars: Have ridden bike's all my life, but only recreationally.
    > Currently own a
    cheap
    > MTN bike and am trying to develope some strength and fitness with it. I am
    62
    > and until a knee injury done me in I was a National Class age group
    runner.
    > The point being is that I am use to competitive racing, which may or may
    not be
    > important in choosing a bike. I weigh 170 and am 6' tall. I train
    regularly
    > with weights. I live in Maryland and will train year around. I have no
    brand
    > prejudice and am open to all suggestions, including any recommendations
    on how
    > to get started.
    >
    > John
     
  4. Jon Isaacs

    Jon Isaacs Guest

    >Would like to get some suggestions on what type of bike to buy to get into TT racing.

    If you want to get into TT racing you will need 2 bikes, a standard road bike to do most of your
    training on and a TT bike to race on. The position on a TT bike is not really appropriate for long
    rides and the many hours of training necessary to be a successful TT rider. In your age group, the
    fast guys are riding 250 miles or more a week and they are doing it on road bikes.

    I suggest getting the road bike first because the change in position from the MTB to the road bike
    will be significant and your body will need time adjust itself and adapt to the more aggressive
    riding position.

    Then just doing a TT or two on that road bike, maybe with Aerobars will let you know if it something
    you really want to do.

    At that point, when you have decided that pain and suffering are your chosen poison and when you
    know who really knows whats up in your neck of the woods, then you can invest in a TT bike that
    might be appropriate for your riding style.

    Jon Isaacs
     
  5. Jbenkert111 <[email protected]> wrote:
    : Any recommendation's would be appreciated:

    : Would like to get some suggestions on what type of bike to buy to get into TT racing. Price is not
    : important but I would like to only buy enough bike to use

    If price is no issue you could get a recumbent: http://www.speedbikebgl.de/eng/news.htm ;)

    : with weights. I live in Maryland and will train year around. I have no brand prejudice and am open
    : to all suggestions, including any recommendations on how to get started.

    Maybe join a racing club? Also check out rec.bicycles.racing, probably a better place for a million
    race-oriented questions :)

    --
    Risto Varanka | http://www.helsinki.fi/~rvaranka/ varis at no spam please iki fi
     
  6. Mike S.

    Mike S. Guest

    <[email protected]> wrote in message
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    > Jbenkert111 <[email protected]> wrote:
    > : Any recommendation's would be appreciated:
    >
    > : Would like to get some suggestions on what type of bike to buy to get
    into TT
    > : racing. Price is not important but I would like to only buy enough bike
    to use
    >
    > If price is no issue you could get a recumbent: http://www.speedbikebgl.de/eng/news.htm ;)
    >
    > : with weights. I live in Maryland and will train year around. I have no
    brand
    > : prejudice and am open to all suggestions, including any recommendations
    on how
    > : to get started.
    >
    > Maybe join a racing club? Also check out rec.bicycles.racing, probably a better place for a
    > million race-oriented questions :)

    Only if you want the abuse! Seems to be a flame fest over there! Go find team Snow Valley. I'll bet
    that there's a few TT specialists on the team that'll help you.

    Just remember: you didn't ride a TT fast enough if you don't see spots by the end! Last one I did, I
    couldn't stand up afterwards!

    Mike

    >
    > --
    > Risto Varanka | http://www.helsinki.fi/~rvaranka/ varis at no spam please iki fi
     
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