£1500 to spend - what on?

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

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Britrisky    pirate
21/02/2013 at 22:46

I have sold my old hobby (flutes / piccolos) and made a bit of money. OH says I should spend it on my new hobby ... What shall I do with it?

I already have a Giant Avail with a carbon frame and TT bars. I'm too new to road bikes to feel safe with deep rim wheels or those tub thingies. 

What should I do with my little windfall?

  • Save up for a carbon TT bike? 
  • Something else, and if so, what?
Your thoughts on a postcard, please ...
XX1
21/02/2013 at 22:48
Lottery scratch cards
XX1
cougie    pirate
21/02/2013 at 22:54
What are you using your bike for ? Do you race ?
You don't need a cf TT bike. The material isn't that important.
Position and fit is the key.
Britrisky    pirate
21/02/2013 at 23:20

I'm doing Outlaw in July, Cougie, and hoping that'll be the first of many IMs 

Yes, TD,  I did think about just getting some more premium bonds 

Blisters    pirate
21/02/2013 at 23:49

I seem to be spending money in lots of little tranches.
-Pirate kit 100
-trainers 60 a time
-bike parts £30 a month
-petrol for hobby £60 a month
-tyres
-lights
-let's try another saddle (great game that is!)
-race entries
-swimming training
-physio
-hotel bills

Whenever I ran the London Marathon, I reckon that it cost me £500 for the weekend, by the time I'd put the family up in the Premier Inn for 2 nights, fed them and bought rail tickets. Nottingham is cheaper, but the principle's the same.
Open a Cash ISA and use it as a saving account for your hobby.

PSC    pirate
22/02/2013 at 06:01
How about the latest garmin, the do what blisters said?
22/02/2013 at 06:34
Swim lessons, training camp or next years entry somewhere nice.
TheEngineer    pirate
22/02/2013 at 08:05
22/02/2013 at 08:33

You CAN get a very decent TT bike for £1500! Do this! (Then start saving for a Retul fit)

It never ends...

Britrisky    pirate
22/02/2013 at 08:34
Ooo - red, dribbles ... Tubs, though - no idea what to do with them??!
22/02/2013 at 08:41

You could ask them to swap them for the carbon clinchers...

22/02/2013 at 09:58

Garmin Forerunner 910XT (having pool swim data has helped me to enjoy pool swim training), also get your fit checked and any adjustments made to your bike position, then what Blisters says.. this sport can be demanding on the wallet

22/02/2013 at 11:04

Why not spend it on a trip somewhere - maybe to an event.   If Ironman is your thing then one of them - or else a cycling trip to the Alps or Pyrenees - there are loads of sportives in France and Italy that would be an experience.   

If you want a TT bike though no point in getting on without some decent wheels - agree with Cougie - an aluminium TT bike would be fine and stick some deep rim carbon tubular wheels on it for racing - it's a lot of money for relatively occasional use though - depends how into it you are I suppose.   

Britrisky    pirate
22/02/2013 at 18:22
Trips? Yes definitely, when the kids are older ... 910 got, bike fit got

Swim lessons - tried that but no one near enough, it seems ... (Gap in the market for any torpedoes out there looking to re-locate up north)

Carbon clinchers - is that some kind of sex toy??!
Stoatally Different    pirate
22/02/2013 at 18:28

When you say up north?

22/02/2013 at 18:40

find a bookie that will give odds on me breaking 2 hours for the swim at Challenge Copenhagen and then stick all your money on me not doing it 

22/02/2013 at 19:22
I have had A stealth for a few years it is the mutts nuts for speed and its very comfy over IM distance but you will see a few at the races
IronCat5    pirate
22/02/2013 at 19:40
Ridgebackmax wrote (see)
I have had A stealth for a few years it is the mutts nuts for speed and its very comfy over IM distance but you will see a few at the races

Me too. They're like Mondeos.

22/02/2013 at 19:41

OK few more suggestions.

What about an ex-demo wattbike, from the manufacturers with 1 year warranty - £1600.   A decent turbo with power measurement is about £300 and then you'd want an old bike to stick on it so you don't ruin the best bike - so really it's only costing you an extra grand, a bargain !

Or, if you are the kind of person who enjoys structuring their training and making it scientific,  a powermeter, in fact you could combine a set of deep section wheels with a powertap, get something robust like Cosmic Carbones which you can use for training as well as racing without too much worry, or just some lighter nicer shallow rim wheels with the powertap hub.   Don't worry about deep rims - they are only a problem on really gusty days.   

Britrisky    pirate
22/02/2013 at 20:34
7755matt wrote (see)

When you say up north?

Hull - yes I know, 'real' up north people don't call that north at all, but we're Yorkshire, and that's good enough for me 

7755matt wrote (see)

When you say up north?

Bokster wrote (see)

find a bookie that will give odds on me breaking 2 hours for the swim at Challenge Copenhagen and then stick all your money on me not doing it 

Now, now, Bokster - positive thinking!!!

7755matt wrote (see)

When you say up north?

 

Bokster wrote (see)

find a bookie that will give odds on me breaking 2 hours for the swim at Challenge Copenhagen and then stick all your money on me not doing it 

 

IronCat5 in the Hat wrote (see)
Me too. They're like Mondeos.

Strangely that comment makes me want one even more now. I drive a Mondeo (is that not cool to admit to?)

7755matt wrote (see)

When you say up north?

 

Bokster wrote (see)

find a bookie that will give odds on me breaking 2 hours for the swim at Challenge Copenhagen and then stick all your money on me not doing it 

 

IronCat5 in the Hat wrote (see)
Ridgebackmax wrote (see)
I have had A stealth for a few years it is the mutts nuts for speed and its very comfy over IM distance but you will see a few at the races

Me too. They're like Mondeos.

popsider wrote (see)

What about an ex-demo wattbike, from the manufacturers with 1 year warranty - £1600.    

Funnily enough, I tried a Wattbike at the Bike and Tri show at the weekend - I really liked what it was showing me about efficient pedalling - I had no idea what this meant before.

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