Originally Posted by krotoole
I've seen stupid stuff in our community. Highlight: 4th graders riding carbon bikes with clipless pedals and aero sunglasses in the kids end of school mini-tri. I wondered how his parents felt as he passed the girl who's bike had a basket, bell and the half flat tires? Proud? If so, why??
Where are you located? This really sounds strange.
My 13 yo granddaughter participates in kiddie triathlons and has since she was 10. I've gone to every one. She has a quality, metal construction bike. I paid $400 for it (not a budget problem and was her birthday gift from parents and grand parents combined - although I picked up the tab!). At her races, I've never seen a single multi-kilobuck carbon fiber bike under some kid's butt. Not one. And this is in Naperville, Illinois, a fairly affluent suburb of Chicago. The races are run by a fairly swanky(to me), private health club which I think would attract affluent parents who could buy carbon fiber bikes if they wanted. Yet in your neighborhood, you say all the kids but one had carbon fiber bikes. That's quite a difference.
Of course, we're out here in "fly over" country. Maybe all these excesses you're mentioning are more a product of the coasts?