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RE: How many of you guys race these bikes?

I club-raced Criteriums in the Miami area back in the 80s. Those races, really just for fun, were justification for having spent about $1,000 on the frame and components. Back then, light meant 21lbs. and aluminum frames with oh-so stiff geometries had just come on the racing scene.

Before my spine let me down, mountain biking became my pastime and lightness just as avidly pursued as for the road. Then I read a post on the MTBR Forum from a guy who had just come home with an expensive component that shaved a few grams off the bike's total weight. His wife commented something to the effect that 'putting down those cookies would save you more weight than any amount of $$$ you could spend on gear'.

Of course, when women (post-wife) make a comment on the price of a bike or how many albums I have, my rejoinder is always, "how many pairs of shoes do you own?"

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