Sorry for replying to an older thread, some don't mind it, some do, just hedging bets
benolium wrote:..Being a WW is all about the hobby, the fun, the desire, staying up all night dreaming about what (wheels, brakes, skewers cables....the list goes on and on) to change out just because I can. I love being a WW. Oh yes, I am faster with a lighter bike!
Same. And thats even if I only run on a TT bike.
For celery, I see your point about what does 5 pounds mean and should'nt the rider just shed 5 pounds?
I weigh 76kgs in race form with less than 5% bodyfat. 78kg in over-hydrated condition ready for Ironmans. After the swim its 77 again and after the bike its 75, with fuel intake counted in, in non-hot conditions. I can't shed more pounds off me without it being lost muscles.
I made a WW plan to dream about something at night that didn't have 2 boobs, and that'll cost me north of £3,800 to carry out in total, which would Aero-pimp my bike to that max, while also shedding 5-6 pounds off it. It may never happen in full, but its fun as hell to think about and it makes it worth it to go to work every day in the winter time while eating tons of rolled oats and pastasalads to keep costs down for living
It's also fun todo, because then its alot easier to spot, where to put the money FIRST, ie identify where one gets the most (aero(for TT)/)weight(in general) for the bucks. My bike will get new grouppo parts as the last thing I'll buy if ever fx and powermeter and wheels first.
I intend to use my TT bike for ALL Ironman competitions, pancake flat German ones, Embrunman(Col d'Iozard), IM UK, etc etc, so I will go up alot of hills and mountains and will definately have extended periods of time below 12 mph, which someone said was the where a TT bike benefitted more from being light than from being Aero. And ofc, it'll be my unique spec!