Do you think if your riding a low end bike you should fear the guy riding a carbon bike with zipp wheels? I encountered one of these guys on the street and he passed me then I passed him and then well I think we figured it was time to race. He ended up beating me to the beach, but I suddenly became less afraid of high end equipment, because he only passed that telephone poll by a bike length. I think that is when I realized that it isn't the equipment, and it is much more about the guy riding. I was wondering if my thinking is partly wrong? Should I fear the rider or the machine? I know that the best equipment will make the best rider better, but how often do we see the real deal Giro de Italia guy?