Embarassed having top kit when you ain't much good?
I think I might be on the other end of the spectrum, where what I'm usually racing on is the bottom kit. Its a good feeling, going past someone on a top level £4k bike on your £100 second hand decathlon. I've always thought that you should be worth the bike – if you're not going to push the bike to its limits, its a waste.Posted 7 years agoTomBSubscriber
Did my first MTB event recently. What struck me more was not the bling bikes at the back of the field, which I have no issue with, but the numpties who act like they're lance armstrong, swearing, shouting out their excuse for yet another dab, pushing their way past etc when clearly not threatening the top 100. I think it's attitude, not kit, that's embarrassing. have to say, though, there were only a few of these folks, most were very chilled!Posted 7 years agofbkMember
Hmm. As a student, I used to love going to XC races on my old orange HT & storming past the occasional "AGNI" on a full sus Hope/titanium-blinged Marin – it gave me a real boost on the climbs.
Now a days, I've got the blinged up full sus and, whilst I can fend off most when gravity's on my side, I do lag behind on the climbs a bit. I don't really care though – I'm enjoying my riding and good on the yoof if they pass me on their £100 SS fixie :)…
…I'll catch em on the DH again 😈
As for road racing – that's a different kettle of fish. I'll stick to my Sportive Rides on my not-so-bling Planet X I think 🙂Posted 7 years agostevedeMember
ride what you can afford to and what you want not what someone else thinks you should. Makes me smile seeing novices with all the gear and no idea but its all money back into the bike industry so no probs. No different than a rich bloke buying a nice sports car and not being able to drive it like the stig can.Posted 7 years agoradoggairMember
If you've got white shoes on a MTB, then you'd better be quick!
Hey, i've got white shoes!!
Anyway, it doesn't matter. RAcing is a different kettle of fish anyway. My 5 spot cost nearly double of my race bike but it has a different purpose. Think its more rider attitude TBH Generally at a race you'll place yourself on the grid depending on how well you think your gonna do and if its a race or just how quick you want to do it in.Posted 7 years ago
Super Scale it's not other people I have an issue with, I love to look at the kit. It's me. My best mate gets kit trade but I always get bits to match my capabilities. Take for example the training bike I'm knocking up for late season winter and spring, it'll have Sora because that's all I'll need.
Though it could be inverted snobbery.
Edit: singlespeedstu, again I'm not talking about 'the other person' I'm asking if anyone else feels slightly uncomfortable within themselves for having nice stuff. And as I said I don't feel like that about my mountainbike, my last singlespeed frame cost three times as much as my road race frame.Posted 7 years agoOmar LittleMember
I dont get embarrassed by the bikes i ride its how i ride them that embarrasses me. Or how big my arse looks in lycra 😀
If i see someone alot slower than me out on a great bike then i dont feel envious at least they are out riding and enjoying their bike. I've got a mate who has a couple of super blingy bikes and they ride them twice a year, if that. That just seems wrong, like some millionaire buying a ferrari 250 gto and sticking it under a cover in their garage rather than ever driving the thing.Posted 7 years agopixelmixMember
I think I would feel embarassed if riding around on an uber niche top end bike with no skills, but I have mid range skills and a mid range bike. I do enjoy catching people up on the downhill bits at Glentress (not exactly gnarly I'll admit) when I'm on the rigid singlespeed whilst they ride their 5" £2,000 bikes though. I'd be embarassed if it was the other way round, but really, as long as you have a good time riding what you have, I supposed you shouldn't be embarassed.Posted 7 years agoAmosMember
I've all the kit and I'm still sh1t! Ah well been riding mountain bikes for 20 years and it's my only past time other than my family, so if I wanna spend my cash on the good stuff why not?Posted 7 years ago
I even find it funny when people on total wrecks cruise past me, doesn't embarass me in the slightest, I rode sh1t boxes for long enough, I now ride a bike that has far too much travel and bling for nearly all the riding I do but I love it 🙂
Hmmm well it's how I feel, perhaps it's that mid bunch mentality spilling over which would explain why Idon't feel the same way when it comes to mountainbikes.
The other thing (looking for excuses here) is that racing really batters the kit so it might be a bit of sensible economics at play.
Keavo, when I stop racing I'mbuying a Dura Ace Colnago Master to go in the garage.Posted 7 years ago
When will I stop?
I'm 50 now and I want to be racing road and cross untill I'm at least 65. One of the guys I've ridden with is 75 and still kicks bottom (though he is an ex GB rider)
I must admit I was thinking about getting something a bit better than what I have (PX Carbon, Ultegra 10 speed, FSA Carbon post, c/stem, c/wing bars and carbon chainset) then I thought what if it wasn't as good 😐Posted 7 years ago
I've been meaning to ask this for ages,this doesn't apply so much to mountainbikingmore the road.
I've mentioned before I'm a keen racer but more of a field filler 6th in an open road race was my best.
Anyway I would feel mildly embarassed if I turned up to race with the best I could buy, does anyone else feel the same? it's as if Ultegra was made for me 😕
Obviously everyone doesn't feel the same way. I recall getting back into cross last year and rushing for the start because I saw all these wonderfull bling bikes lined up it was a Ti, carbon and Yeti fest. Turned out these were novices? Then a few weeks back I was oggling a full on uber blinged Orca at the start of a RT, I got to oggle it a few minutes later as it was the slowest riden bike out there.Posted 7 years ago
so going back to your 1st post. anybody who is fortunate enough to be genetically pre disposed to being an athlete is more deserving than you to have high quality gear. nonsense… i think anyone who will ride the stuff and look after it and get pleasure out it shouldn't be embarrased at all about owning it. get what you want, but open up your choices and don't be limited by what you think a mid-pack rider should have.Posted 7 years agoepicsteveMember
I work hard and am now in the fortunate position that I can afford some nice kit, especially given I don't drink, do drugs or have any other particularily expensive hobbies.
That means that I have bikes that are specced well beyond what I actually need, however I enjoy having them and do ride use them a lot. I also like building up and maintaining my bikes.Posted 7 years ago
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