Originally Posted by OrangeOne
a. I hate the buying advice. $500 will get a bike that any newbie can ride for a year or two, and 10 years if they choose. If they choose to engage in the sport, then it's time for the 1000-2000 bike.
People forget that for new, even half-keen riders, the "repair/spare kit + shoes + pedals + helmet + clothing + bike computer" bill can easily run from 250-500 or more. Add this to a 500 bike and you've blown a grand, which is a steep entry level for a sport (compared to tennis: $50, soccer: $100, etc etc). As I say, if the bike is found to be wanting, it can be easily and cheaply upgraded, and it's at the $500 level that one will lose the least when selling a 6month old bike.
b. People should remember that due to specificity (you get good at doing what you do, and different sports translate less than people think), gains from doing power sprints on a bike will translate less to running on a court than you might think. Doesn't mean they won't translate, does mean that doing power sprints on a COURT will translate much quicker.
Otherwise, a good, readable and informative article - I just hope no-one read it and took the "inside pedal down" advice before the correction was issued, it's a very quick way to flick yourself off a bike!.
You don't pedal through the corners?
Yes, that advice is for the advanced biker, IMHO. Most guys aren't going to buy a power meter, though they are now pretty cheap and used ones can be had for a few hundred dollars. It's not the cost of them, but the time it takes to download and analyze all the data. Most guys won't find that stuff interesting or useful.
Bike prices have gone a bit crazy, particularly if you like Italian stuff. And have you seen the prices on bib shorts from Italy? Mama mia! $300 for a pair of shorts? I don't think so....
And then there are the new Shimano 'oven' shoes.
About $400. Nice, but, who besides someone who is nuts (like me) is going there?