It's not so much that you're going to destroy wheels, it's that you'll want a set in the pits or the wheel truck for non-neutral support races. Flats happen. Got one during my FTP test yesterday.
Just you wait, Mister.
That's just good luck, or you choose your races to avoid the need.
This year at New Britain, I was on my way back to the truck after dropping off my pit wheels with 10 minutes to go before the start, and my rear wheel went flat. I had to go back to the pit and swap the wheels out before my race day even started.
Just because you don't have wheels in the wheel pit doesn't mean you can't find some in there, ya know. Ask forgiveness, not permission, and be willing to give your new friend a couple bucks for the help.
It might be a bit different if it were a team mate's.
This is the sort of **** that will earn you a bad reputation in a hurry.
Oh wow. Those wheelbuilder deals are good. I wasn't looking for a complete wheel, just a hub. But, at a grand it would almost be like they were giving me the carbon clincher. Then I got offered a deal on a local auction for a G3/DT Swiss 465 combo.
Mrs. Fred and I have been together for 8 years. This is the first time she's ever said "No." to something I wanted to spend on. Well, technically she didn't say, "No". It was more like, "For F$#^'s sake! Really? REallY? You want to spend how much? To learn how many watts you're producing while you ride your bicycle?" I interpreted that as a "no".
Oh well, I do have a fitting scheduled for next week and am planning to spend a bit as a consequence of that. Stem, insoles, maybe custom shoes.
My FTP just looks like I rode the test with a flat.
I rode my first season on a set of EA50s which can be had cheap. Lower end eastons but better than what came on my $1000 road bike.
In a first season unless your stocks are really bad (I was breaking spokes constantly) I wouldn't upgrade. Spend the $500 on more race fees and better tires.
I haven't done a crit yet, what are the rules re: wheels in the pit? In the road races I've done it has been fair game, as long as there were enough wheels to warrant a driver, you could take any wheel in there.
I echo all of the above. If you didn't bring wheels don't steal another guys. Teammates, maybe, if agreed upon. I have never heard of a free for all in road races and that is certainly not the case in TN...for good reason.
The road race I've done (twice) that had a wheel truck specified that you'd get whatever wheel they handed you, though they'd try to get you yours. Two years ago they had a crew in the wheel truck that replaced the tubes in the tires that flatted as the race went on to ensure they didn't run out.
road races are different, there is usually a 'neutral' support car that carries a dozen wheels that they ask teams to supply for. the idea being that 50km out there is only 1 car and he isn't exactly going to carry 70 sets of wheels. In those cases you may end up with someone else's wheel.
a crit is different, the pit is big enough for everyone's wheel then you bring your own or don't finish.
In any case, you should at least have a spare set of wheels in general in your life.