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    $1000, what to buy?

    I just started racing last season and moved from a 5 to a 2. I have about a thousand dollars to spend on my next big cycling purchase and can't decide what to get. Should I go for a power meter and start to really get specific with my training, or should I buy some aero-carbon tubulars to race faster (I can get a pair of HED stinger 4's for right at $1000)? I'm still fairly new to the sport, been riding less than two years and only raced last year so any advice would be great. My goals are to become a 1 this season, pretty lofty, but I'm going to work my butt off. Let me know what yall think

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    One and a half decent commuter bikes. It'll help you get more training miles in.
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by botto View Post
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    5 to 2 in one season, nice work. i should be asking you for advice!

    i'd say hold onto the cash because whatever elite team you end up on later this year will have pretty good pro / sponsor deals and your $1,000 will go further.

    or better yet, whatever you want to buy now might be free later.
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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerHoo View Post
    5 to 2 in one season, nice work. i should be asking you for advice!

    i'd say hold onto the cash because whatever elite team you end up on later this year will have pretty good pro / sponsor deals and your $1,000 will go further.

    or better yet, whatever you want to buy now might be free later.
    +1, that's some sound advice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteelerHoo View Post
    5 to 2 in one season, nice work. i should be asking you for advice!

    i'd say hold onto the cash because whatever elite team you end up on later this year will have pretty good pro / sponsor deals and your $1,000 will go further.

    or better yet, whatever you want to buy now might be free later.
    Valid point.

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    You're unlikely to get on a team that will have power meter deals available. I'd pick up the powertap from Psimet now, learn to use it and get to cat 1 that much sooner...
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeCanon View Post
    You're unlikely to get on a team that will have power meter deals available. I'd pick up the powertap from Psimet now, learn to use it and get to cat 1 that much sooner...

    thread closed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeCanon View Post
    You're unlikely to get on a team that will have power meter deals available. I'd pick up the powertap from Psimet now, learn to use it and get to cat 1 that much sooner...
    Hmmm.

    Valider point.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ZeCanon View Post
    You're unlikely to get on a team that will have power meter deals available. I'd pick up the powertap from Psimet now, learn to use it and get to cat 1 that much sooner...
    agreed only the highest teams get factory powermeter deals. but even some local teams can get a discount through their team shop deal.

    seems the consensus, regardless of deals, is to spend the loot on a power meter, i concur.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    One and a half decent commuter bikes. It'll help you get more training miles in.
    Why do you keep sticking your nose in the racing forum?

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    Definitely a powertap. It's hands down the best way to improve an already very good engine.

    Like botto said... buy it here: http://www.psimet.com/powertap.html
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    Make you faster first, then your bike. You can borrow or rent expensive equipment, but not a better engine.

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    To put the wait/jump decision in perspective... When I got into engineering school as a freshman, the first thing I did was I went and bough a $200 calculator. Why? I could have waited and bought something better when I further along in classes and had more money, or I could've kept the more basic one I had, but I figured I would end up buying it or something like it eventually and I'd have this calculator for a very long time (13 years later, I am still using it daily) and I should stretch and get the correct tool now so I know how to use it when it counts.

    Same with a powermeter. You will end up buying one eventually. And it's a tool you are going to use for a long, long time. Race wheels come and go - your next team will very likely have deals with the next new wheel maker looking to make a splash. Your powertap will be rebuilt over and over into new rims because it is the quintessential training tool for a racing cyclist. You can't go wrong in buying it now. You'll spend this year learning to use it and you'll refine your training over the next couple years to reach closer to your peak potential. The longer you wait before getting the tool, the longer you'll wait to gain the benefits.
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    Well said

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    Why do you keep sticking your nose in the racing forum?
    Ummmm... cuz it shows up under New Posts like all the rest of the forums?

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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    Ummmm... cuz it shows up under New Posts like all the rest of the forums?
    Doesn't mean you have to answer. Just skip over the posts where you have no chance of providing any useful input.

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    Quote Originally Posted by umd View Post
    Doesn't mean you have to answer. Just skip over the posts where you have no chance of providing any useful input.
    And it doesn't mean you have to be the forum cop. Just chill ferchristsake. It would have been one throw-way joke post, but you've now added several throw-away meta posts. So which is worse?
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    Originally Posted by bragi "However, it's never a good idea to overgeneralize."

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    Wow must have been an impressive season! Would love to take a look at your list of accomplishments!

    Im waiting for Metrigears PM to hit the market...supposed to be about a grand

    good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    And it doesn't mean you have to be the forum cop. Just chill ferchristsake. It would have been one throw-way joke post, but you've now added several throw-away meta posts. So which is worse?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Doohickie View Post
    And it doesn't mean you have to be the forum cop. Just chill ferchristsake. It would have been one throw-way joke post, but you've now added several throw-away meta posts. So which is worse?
    The only one who thought it was funny was you. You're being asked to amuse yourself somewhere else.

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    I got a powertap at the end of last season. A week after I got it, I wished I had it at the beginning of last season. Buy the powermeter now.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brian Ratliff View Post
    Definitely a powertap. It's hands down the best way to improve an already very good engine.

    Like botto said... buy it here: http://www.psimet.com/powertap.html

    Do it! psimet just sent me my 50th birthday present - beautiful. One's 50th is supposed to be the golden anniversary but screw it, Gold wheels are too heavy so I went Carbon - Carbon is a boy's best friend.

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