Old 10-16-14, 01:23 PM
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Your rationale makes perfect sense to me, Bill. I'm still new to all of this, and I'm improving every month, but last month I was licking my chops over carbon bikes in anticipation of next year's end-of-season sales.

Then I came to the same conclusion you did. I read a lot about aerodynamics and watched every Specialized "win tunnel" video on YouTube. Before I spend any serious money on equipment, I should see how tighter clothes, a better helmet, clipless pedals and maybe even shaved legs impact my times and performances. I've decided that if I buy anything I'm getting a second rear wheel with a different cassette for the days when I'm not climbing. When I'm stronger I may try a bigger crank. But I think I'd be stupid to throw $2-3K at a carbon bike.

The only guys I'm racing against are Father Time and the man in the mirror, and they're riding the exact same bike I am.
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