£1500 to spend - what on?

Not enough for a carbon TT bike, so what should I buy?

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Britrisky    pirate
22/02/2013 at 20:36

Sorry - seem to have a 7755matt stutter there  

Britrisky    pirate
23/02/2013 at 23:07

Here's the decision - 

Today - new cycle shoes (last year's were too small), neoprene overshoes, gloves and merino socks (after numb feet on today's long ride), turbo riser block, turbo tyre, warm cycle tights

Next - new wheels and tyres, LBS recommendation. I have no idea about this sort of thing, but trust their judgement as I've been shopping there for years.

Save the rest - no TT bike at least until I have done Outlaw in case I never want to ride a bike again 

24/02/2013 at 13:48

sounds like good spending so far and a good decision brit

Blisters    pirate
24/02/2013 at 17:09

Brit, remember that even your favourite LBS will have ties to specific suppliers. If you are seeking wheels, then they will only promote the ones they deal in. There are hundreds out there, but popularity is a very good indicator. From what I've been oggling, this has reduced to a shortlist of 3 (road wheels).

Mavic ksyrium elite
Planet x
Campagnolo Khamsin

 You may even decide that you could sell the hubby (my mis-reading) and get some carbon deep rims for race day.

Britrisky    pirate
24/02/2013 at 17:27
Thanks for that, Blisters - I'll present them with your list and see what they say. I'm pretty sure they stock Mavic stuff.

Need the OH, though - no wife = no tea, and that is the whole point of training in the first place!!!

(Wouldn't I get blown over with deep rims in the wind?)
cougie    pirate
24/02/2013 at 23:06
Deep rims aren't great in the wind. Does depend on how heavy you are though.
Last years outlaw bike was a bit windy but fine for deep rims.

If you get 50mm or so - it won't often be windy enough to stop you using them.
Running Postie    pirate
27/02/2013 at 21:03
I swapped my American classics with the OH and now have his kyserium elites ( he benefits more from deep rims than I ever would! Kyserium are nice and light.
Running Postie    pirate
27/02/2013 at 21:06
Planet X have a carbon tt bike for ??1299 at the moment
27/02/2013 at 21:13

Brit, I was sent this link from a fellow Pirate. I am in a similar boat of looking for wheel upgrades and not knowing my arse from my elbow

http://m.bikeradar.com/gear/article/best-aero-wheelsets-and-disc-wheels-31023/

I'm also considering these though

http://www.ribblecycles.co.uk/sp/road-track-bike/wheels-factory-built-wheels-factory-road-tri-profile-altair-semi-carbon-52-clincher-wheels-pair/profwhfr240

 

OrangeCannon kona-5    pirate
27/02/2013 at 22:39

if you are after general wheels the planet-xs look pretty good.
Aluminium braking surface - so you can use them properly unlike those crappy carbon ones.  I remember steveHo trying to brake ahead of a big corner in the rain in Regensburg on the course familiarisation ride.....with some borrowed carbon tubulars.  He needed to wash his cycle kit afterwards
50 depth - nice all round size - has some effect but not too bad in x-winds.
500 the pair - a bargain compared to heds, (1000 the pair) or zipps (2000) or sram s40s, (900 pair)

personally I dont like the prfile ones.... no idea why - just bike tartness I think

Edited: 27/02/2013 at 22:41
IronCat5    pirate
27/02/2013 at 22:42

Currently £4001 I got the 60mms last year. Very happy with them.

Britrisky    pirate
27/02/2013 at 22:43
O.rangeCannon - 7 hr marathons are cool..... wrote (see)

Aluminium braking surface - so you can use them properly unlike those crappy carbon ones.  

What do you mean, 'use them properly'?

Blisters    pirate
28/02/2013 at 23:54

Aluminium rim braking surfaces work.
Carbon brake surfaces are light, and er, don't work ? Or they need special pads probably.

It may be something to do with time triallers wanting to hammer out the highest speed for the longest possible time, and that means not braking for corners or downhills. You don't see carbon disk brakes on downhill mountain bikes.


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