Samu Ilonen wrote:
I have 2004' 16/20/Hugi 240S LW's=1140g.
I really can't undestand why I shouldn't train on them?
When I train:
-speed is always much lower than racing. So there is no comparinson to race. If you want to train racing, only way to do it is race!
-I'm either trying to recover or improve my base shape so these wheels won't hurt on these rides. Or I can ride faster then...
-On training, I can pick riding line,on race thats not possible always. And those younger racers have are bit suicidental riding style. I would like too keep LW wheels in one piece.
-Racing season have so much suffering so I would like to enjoy riding on training so much than possible. So I use nicer wheels....
I would buy Ksyriums for commuter (Elite or SL). And Axial Carbons for bad roads,25mm if possible. They have side wall protection and Pro Races don't.
I have always felt the same about using light stuff in training versus racing. I think you are better off training on light stuff than racing it just because you can't pick your line or see what's coming very well in a race/pack and in many races there is a pretty high probability of somebody falling on top of your light wheels too. Plus you aren't going to win if you don't finish the race so that's another argument against going ultra light in a race. I think the odds of damage are much lower in traingin and if something breaks in training and you can afford the monetary damage so what?
Whether light wheels will hold up in training depends mostly on your weight, the quality of the build, and the width of your tires. If you use an honest 23mm -25mm tire it really doesn't matter what rims you use on most roads. I have ridden carbon rims with 23mm tires on dirt roads with no problems. For gravel roads, especially with larger stones,>=25mm is better at protecting the rims. Or you can emulate Coppi and use a 27-28 on the front to snowplow the gravel out of the way and a 25 on the rear (and and integrated headset too).