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    Best bike under $2k to improve my CrossResults.com ranking?

    Hi all,

    My objective is to get faster and do well in the Cat 3s here in New England and lower my crossresults.com points ranking . My bike requirements are basically covered by the 1987 Bonnie Tyler hit tune " I Need a Hero"

    Sing along http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OBwS66EBUcY
    Im holding out for a hero til the end of the night
    Hes gotta be strong
    And hes gotta be fast
    And hes gotta be fresh from the fight
    I need a hero
    Im holding out for a hero til the morning light
    Hes gotta be sure
    And its gotta be soon
    And hes gotta be larger than life

    (dedicated to ResultsBoy)

    Whaddya think?

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    There's a rusty hybrid that's been locked at my office for a while. Can't beat that price/performance ratio.

    Also: arrrrrrrrrrrrrrrgh.

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    This is what happens to talented riders when subjected to weeks of furnace like heat on the eve of cross season. The cold blast of autumns winds are coming my brother....you'll crush souls and microwave hearts on your bargain basement Felt.....or is it a Specialized? You are on tubies this season though right?

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    Hehe the summer heat has got a hold of my noggin for sure. Yea the ol' Felt F1x w/ Grifos, hopefully do me right one more year.

    Whaddya think of the new King Cielo cross bike? Isn't one of the Sycip's helping w/ the Cielo?

    But as a New Englander through and through, I lust for the Zanconato... check his new site.

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    fuggedaboutdabike

    just train and ride the one you got...

    a new bike won't make ya any faster - just poorer
    "People who don't do it, don't quite understand it.
    People who do, know, intrinsically, as soon as you try it you are hooked on it.
    Once you race cross, it is hard not to."
    -Pure Sweet Hell

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    C'mon!

    a new bike won't make ya any faster - just poorer[/QUOTE]

    Rubbish!

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    Quote Originally Posted by c-record
    a new bike won't make ya any faster - just poorer

    Rubbish!
    i could trade bikes with Boonen (on the road) or Boom (cyclocross) and I still wouldn't be any appreciably faster than I am on my old Giant with the "eclectic" collection of parts it has. It might feel faster, be more comfortable, stiffer, lighter. But it ain't going to magically get me from the back to the front.

    Bike is just equipment... it ain't worth squat if you don't have the legs to make it move...

    but then that's sort of counter the whole internet racing ideal of forums where what you ride is more important than what score you get from Crossresults.com

    Results talk... unfortunately so do many people without any...
    "People who don't do it, don't quite understand it.
    People who do, know, intrinsically, as soon as you try it you are hooked on it.
    Once you race cross, it is hard not to."
    -Pure Sweet Hell

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    Quote Originally Posted by gewilli
    but then that's sort of counter the whole internet racing ideal of forums where what you ride is more important than what score you get from Crossresults.com

    Results talk... unfortunately so do many people without any...
    It's august, we ain't go no results yet!

    Pay no attention to the fact that I was a slow-ass C racer last year, this year I promise I'm a super-credible B racer who knows everything!

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    Too serious.

    Quote Originally Posted by gewilli
    i could trade bikes with Boonen (on the road) or Boom (cyclocross) and I still wouldn't be any appreciably faster than I am on my old Giant with the "eclectic" collection of parts it has. It might feel faster, be more comfortable, stiffer, lighter. But it ain't going to magically get me from the back to the front.

    Bike is just equipment... it ain't worth squat if you don't have the legs to make it move...

    but then that's sort of counter the whole internet racing ideal of forums where what you ride is more important than what score you get from Crossresults.com

    Results talk... unfortunately so do many people without any...
    Getting stuff is fun. Riding bikes is fun. Talking about bikes and racing is fun. Making jokes is fun. Get the idea?

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    Quote Originally Posted by c-record
    Getting stuff is fun. Riding bikes is fun. Talking about bikes and racing is fun. Making jokes is fun. Get the idea?
    But is reading poorly executed jokes fun?

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    Then don't read

    Quote Originally Posted by colinr
    But is reading poorly executed jokes fun?
    Man, try to make a joke and get hammered.

    But, seriously, I think we'd all agree a bike can make you slower so I do think a bike can make you faster. It's not the bike, I know, but it's fun to talk about.

    Colin, looking forward to some more of your videos!

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    Quote Originally Posted by TNeedham
    Whaddya think of the new King Cielo cross bike? Isn't one of the Sycip's helping w/ the Cielo?
    It's expensive but at least it's heavy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by c-record
    Man, try to make a joke and get hammered.

    But, seriously, I think we'd all agree a bike can make you slower so I do think a bike can make you faster. It's not the bike, I know, but it's fun to talk about.

    Colin, looking forward to some more of your videos!
    Sorry man, feeling especially punchy today. Plus this thread was started specifically to annoy me, thanks Tom.

    Like all of us I need cross to start STAT so I can stop going crazy.

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    I bought a Hot Tubes from some new england guy, it's a nice axe:

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    Np

    Quote Originally Posted by colinr
    Sorry man, feeling especially punchy today. Plus this thread was started specifically to annoy me, thanks Tom.

    Like all of us I need cross to start STAT so I can stop going crazy.
    That resembles some of my days. I agree, we all need to get going so the fun can come beaming into our worlds again.

    I've checked out some of your vids and stats-you seem like a cool dude that likes riding bikes, just like the rest of us!

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    Get the Ridley X-ride. I road it a couple of days ago. It was great. It convinced me to get a Ridley. I think I am going to get the X-fire though. I love carbon.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gewilli
    a new bike won't make ya any faster - just poorer
    True

    Quote Originally Posted by c-record
    Rubbish!
    False

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    Once again internet humor fails.

    Quote Originally Posted by cs1
    True


    False
    Spoken like a true luddite.

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    Save the $$ and spend it on doping products

    That'll make the biggest improvement.

    Spend about $450 on old-style EPO....should last you through New Belgium Worlds, at least.

    Micro-dosing is the key.

    bt
    "If dreams are like movies, then memories are films about ghosts." A. Duritz

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    Quote Originally Posted by c-record
    Spoken like a true luddite.
    That would be the technical term. I prefer dinosaur.

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    Too true..

    Quote Originally Posted by eyebob
    That'll make the biggest improvement.

    Spend about $450 on old-style EPO....should last you through New Belgium Worlds, at least.

    Micro-dosing is the key.

    bt
    And funny. Could figure out the best watts/$$ ratio!

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    You too?

    Quote Originally Posted by cs1
    That would be the technical term. I prefer dinosaur.
    You race masters too? It's funny though because that's where I see most of the $$ bikes - Moots, Colnago, Customs etc.

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    One of my friends commented that if you stuffed $1000 in pennies in the jersey pockets of the competition, that would improve your weight against theirs more than spending $1000 trimming weight from a racing bike, assuming it was already semi-decent.

    What are you racing now?

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    The best bike under $2k that would make you faster is any bike under $2k that you would want to ride often enough to be able to set up a training schedule mixing intervals, base, rest and diet. That is the bike for you.

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    The Speedvagen's look really fast. And as science has proved time and time again, if it looks fast it must be fast. Like light and sound and stuff.

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