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"El Bwana"
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Funny pic. My kid races juniors and my initial impression is that this kid is more of a junior triathlete than a junior cyclist. Triathlete parents seem to spend a lot more on equipment than cycling parents. Just my observation.

The funny thing is in Colorado, all Juniors race for free in Junior Categories. Great concept and helps kids become interested in racing. Some race promoters get more than a little upset when you have to offer a free entry to a kid (usually a teenager) that has a $5k bike and $2k wheels. I don't blame them.

Most of the kids in CO race on average stuff. I'm always looking at how I can get my kid on cheaper but better stuff. Junior cycling (when compared to competitive soccer and ice hockey (Hello, Dave?) is a pretty good bargain - and that includes the bikes.
 

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Spicy Dumpling
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Had a friend who's daughter would kill on the kiddie races. She was still on her mountain bike but rode big miles with the family. She would lap the field on a 5 lap around the ball field race when she was 8 or 9. When she started racing mountain bikes she and Melinda would stay together during the races to be sure she was having a good time. She won a couple of US championships for her age a couple of years ago. She didn't need a bike more expensive than mine to do it...
 

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Dave Hickey said:
Lightweight Wheels? geez....
My kid did one of the "kid's" triathalons out here a few years ago. For the bike leg, he was on a mountain bike as were most of the other kids. There were a few kids in full tri gear with high zoot tri bikes though. Crazy.
 

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Are you kidding me. I'd be embarrassed to have my kid on a bike that expensive that they were going to outgrow in a year. All I can say is she had better win everything.
 

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vontress said:
Are you kidding me. I'd be embarrassed to have my kid on a bike that expensive that they were going to outgrow in a year. All I can say is she had better win everything.
I hope the parent is short and they are using their bike. That would make sense because if you were going to pony up for all that gear why not get clipless pedals and shoes?
 

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people keep assuming that the parents paid up for a kids bike. i know plenty of parents that buy standard kids bikes, but have higher end components laying around and use it to upgrade the kid's bike.
 

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The girl next to that kid doesn't seem like she'll be going anywhere, with the helmet covering her eyes.
 

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Nobody NEEDS Lightweights, not even paid pros! Many people WANT them though, including me!

I think it's awesome!

I wish I could afford Lightweight wheels, let alone put some on my kids bike!

I didn't know they made 24 inch versions! Wow! :thumbsup:
 

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Flatbar's...


...because he is a jerk

:D
 

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I remember reading here at teh Louwnnje an opinion that Jr's should be relegated to steel frame bikes b/c that will keep rich parents from buying too much of an advantage.

Here is another reason.
 

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Dad's got money, kid doesn't have the power to wreck them unless he crashes.

But way to impose the snob factor on these kids at a young age. Hope the others don't/didn't feel lesser or something.
 

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