of course if those "racers" were truly good, people would be *giving* them bikes,... clearly, buying new equipment isn't getting those guys there.
most of the serious racers i knew that were just outside the level of being good enough to have equipment given to them were too busy racing and training to be able to afford buying new stuff monthly or even annually, and were scraping to keep an econobox running well enough to get to the next race. the guys that are busy supporting the bicycling industry typically weren't the guys winning races.
Originally Posted by Aurelius
Odd that you should say that. The racers I'm acquainted with seem to upgrade components on a monthly basis, sometimes buying a whole new bike at the start of each racing season.