About 11 months ago I took the plunge and got myself a road bike after years of watching the sport. All I can say is that I absolutely love it and am cycling 3-4 times a week now about 3-500km(+). I've been trying as hard as I can to learn as much about everything, and it has been a bit of a struggle as I live abroad (Italy) and the language isn't my strongest point but I'm getting there and can talk adequately with my LBS. However, I know that LBS always have a certain slant when it comes to parts and I'd prefer some neutral feedback.
I bought a bike at the time with "upgrade" potential in case I really did get into it, which I have, and now have around £1-2.5k (would like to spend as least as possible, though!) that I wouldn't mind putting into some equipment. I'm still only quite young (25) and ride mainly solo but on occasion a group ride with some local lads. I would definitely like to get into granfondos and crits at some stage.
As for my surroundings I live in Veneto so it is mostly flat but I do try to get into the dolomites at least once a week so weight is sometimes a factor when it comes to the bike. My fitness and weight (183cm, 70kg) is quite good at the moment so all that about improving the motor etc, whilst I do understand isn't really what I'm after
Here is what I have currently:
Full Campag. Athena Carbon 2012
3T ARX Stem - upgraded a few months ago
3T Ergosum Team - upgraded a few months ago
Fizik Antares (no upgrade option as the S5 seatpost can't take carbon rails)
Look KEO Classic pedals
Mavic Cosmic Carbone SL
Elite Custom race bottle cages
I think the weight is about 7.7kg right now with that and I'd really like to get it down, ideally at the lowest cost. Please do any of you have any suggestions? I know there are little things - like for example a KMC-SL chain which would save 27g etc - and it's stuff like that I'd like to hear about (as finding out about these things is a real struggle in a foreign language) as well as more obvious choices.
Sorry if I've posted this in the wrong place.Will probably work better as an Intro thread