thePrince wrote: ↑
Mon Oct 15, 2018 9:28 pm
So merely racing your bike in crits, ultra-endurance or mixed-terrain makes you wankily hipsterish? Is there something about these events that makes you feel this way? Basically classic road racing or nothing? Or is it the Rapha bit that's doing it for you?
A professional cycling team should be able to compete in bicycle races without prejudice.
Don't have any attachment to fixed-gear crits, ultra endurance, mixed terrain, EF Drapac, nor Rapha, but as far as I'm concerned we need more of this. More exposure to pro atheletes is a great for getting younger kids excited about riding bikes. Especially in the US.
I agree on the expanding the habitat bit, but this:
And say what you want about Rapha (perhaps it's too expensive or the styling doesn't fit your fancy or it's too mainstream or whatever) they still make pretty decent stuff and they have a goal to make cycling more accessible to more people.
I dont think I'm poor by any standards (ok, save for Swiss or Monaco perpective) but how does a company, whose full outfit (jersey+bibs+tights+jacket+some few bits) costs more than a base level road bike, get to be perceived as "making cycling more accessible"?
to the contrary, if Rapha aims to become sorta benchmark, they hang the bar a lil bit too high, creating a false impression that this level is an absolute neccessity. and TBH I think it kinda works, as there's a number for cyclists who'd rather look good and wear expensive gear (which brings close to none benefit) than invest in better bike or components - and I strongly believe they're growing in numbers. yeah, I'm on the other end of the scale, riding great (IMHO) bike and wearing plain regular clothing (basically the cheapest I can get that works for me), so that makes me biased, I know. but then take a look at the broader picture - what are the costs of entering cycling, even at the amateur level? because with every novelty they increase rapidly - first there were carbon bits, then electronic groupsets, now discs... and when arguably 'regular' bikes get cheaper (1k euro gets you far better bike today than 10-20 years ago) those pricetags on pro rigs are getting just ridiculous! now imagine you want to sponsor some junior team, nothing fancy right? wrong! because even if you secure all the latest bling regarding bike tech (and we all know that's how you gotta roll these days) you won't make them wear some cheap-ass rags, will you now. esp if your mamil butt is wrapped with a few hundred dollar worth of lycra!
so when I see or read how uber premium is painted as the new base line, I recall that pic posted here some years back from kids "race" - with that 6? maybe 7 y.o. kid all dressed up with aero helmet, sitting on a bike with LWs... it really freaks me out!