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Old 04-24-19, 07:27 AM
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Originally Posted by FlashBazbo View Post
Aero wheels and aero frameset won't make a very big difference. They are among the lowest bang for the buck improvements you can make. Even though they look really cool, I think they should be the last things that you buy.

If you want to make a huge difference, focus on your positioning and the aerodynamics of your body. A set of aero bars that you can live with -- and that get you into a good position -- are probably the biggest single improvement you can make. Improved body position, compared to the drops, can gain you 1 1/2 to 2 mph. That's huge. Very close behind them would be an aero helmet and well-fitting skinsuit. For less than the price of a set of wheels, you can go with the bars, helmet, and skinsuit and end up with many times the improvement that the wheels would have provided.
What he said. Exactly the advice I would give.
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