I know there's already been a lot said between light vs aero, but I need it specifically discussed for me, lol. I'm maybe around 103 lb right now and about 5'4, but sometimes I've seen the scale last season get down to 99.5 lb. I'm mostly just trying to hang with the fast guys, trying to ride with men who are also riding light bikes and will always be stronger than me so I'm basically drafting so I can have fun riding with stronger riders/faster group rides so I can feel cool, lol. In this situation, does aero still matter? Also, I have just I guess what you call regular rims right now, nothing aero, and I live on windy Long Island and to be honest my front end has been shaken in crosswinds with this current set up. I also tend to get dropped on the climbs even if they aren't that long so would the lighter weight be more important for me? Because anything aero anyway will just cause more of a crosswind problem for me when there are days I have to get into the drops to keep my front wheel straight and in control? Me plus bike is less than 120 lb.
If I end up wanting to like do a duathlon or something, maybe I could then get another set of wheels that are more aero, but for someone with my crosswinds problem what is the largest rim you would advise in that situation?
But just for now to do well in group rides where I'm drafting 100% of the time and there's almost always climbs or at least rollers of some sort would light, like just under 1200g carbon clincher 24mm rims be a good idea? I was considering iteration 3 of American Classic Mag wheels, but I hear they won't be out til Sept and I really want something now. I was told tons of people here get their wheels super cheap from alieexpress from China and that it is safe. The mag wheels will be $1600. Wheels seem to be around $600 on alieexpress. At that price I could get several sets for all sorts of situations. At that price, why not get some tubulars eventually too for wheels that are like 980g. I was thinking to try the heavier clinchers first so that I would always have that as back ups, then maybe eventually get the tubulars if I think the wheels from China seem decent.
So would 24mm rims be aero at all? Would that be good for me to start with and if I did ever want something more aero, what could I get being so light and blowing in the wind? Would I put something different on the front and rear like with the enve smart wheel set since I think the wind really only shakes the front?
Thanks for any helpful advice! Maybe I am a Queenie Weight Weenie. I am a very light rider with a light bike.