Hi, I'm a new member to this forum and new to road cycling in general. I have recently bought my first 'proper' road bike - a 2012 CAAD10 with shimano 105 - although I do have some cycling experience i.e. touring eastern Europe this summer: Romania, Ukraine, Slovakia & Poland on my trusty Dawes Vantage tourer.
I plan to join a cycling club and enter into various competitive and non-competitive events in the future including crits, time trials, road races, sportives and triathlons. So far I have done one sportive event. At the moment I am training mostly solo trying to build up my base a bit first (long rides around Richmond park and intervals on my new turbo trainer).
My question is this:
How important are good wheels - what are the real world benefits I might see from getting a good pair?
Apparently the RS10s that came on my bike kinda suck (according to reviews - I have no point of reference for comparison). I am mostly not talking about weight here (heresy!) even though these wheels are considered 'heavy', but in terms of ride quality, bearings etc.
The reason I'm not too bothered about weight (sacrilege!) is that I have dropped over a stone in a month from all the riding I've been doing. Losing a few hundred grams seems a bit irrelevant by comparison.
I should also mention that I'm a student, which has obvious budgetary implications..
Do I stick to the philosophy of my username, or save for a decent pair?
What you could do is regrease these wheels with Dura Ace or Bel-Ray Waterproof Grease.
Simply doing this will improve these wheels quite alot.