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Treating "competitive cyclists" as this single unified group (with three subgrouping) belies some prejudices. Like all walks of life there are a diversity of people, all with different motivations, morals and life experiences. As such there is no single correct answer your various questions. For example: are people in pelotons generally friendly, ...


Replace "cycling" in this question with any competitive sport. How should we know if it's right for you? How should we know what the community of cyclists near you is like, or whether or not you'll get along with them? Enter a race. Did you have fun? Enter another one. Or don't. Your call.


BMX bikes are all very similar. Short, stout frames, tall handlebars, 20" wheels (and maybe the occasional 24" for a very tall BMX rider), and wide tires. The difference between Supercross and Freestyle BMX bikes is in the gearing. Supercross bikes will have a higher gear ratio for getting up to speed in races, while Freestyle bikes usually have a lower gear ...


Take the plunge and try it! Either you'll find that you don't enjoy it or you'll have discovered a wonderful new aspect to cycling. Regardless, you're only out a race fee. Community The cycling community is just like that of any other sport. You have some people who are pros, those who were, some who wish they were, some who think they are and some who ...

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