I've done a lot of searching on the interent on this topic, just haven't gotting the answer i'm looking for.
I'm 30 years old
just under 100 kg (220#), but very fit.
190 cm tall (just under 6' 3")
My bike is a Batavus Boris. It is a Single speed "track" frame. But in reality it was meant to be a bike for cool people, that like the look of a fast bike, but use it for normal city riding.
700 x 25C Continental GP 4000s tires
I use the bike fore commuting/ "racing" with friends/ getting around/ touring
I ride my bike to work 2x per week, 17.1 km one way (10.63 miles)
Today i broke my average speed record with 31.7 km/h (19.7 mph)
THe commute is mostly flat with a few inclines, but nothing heavy. I do ride my bike on some more serieus climbs, and still manage to pass people uphill, so i'm content with that.
The bike started out as standard, with a wide slightly bend "flat" handlebar, track pedals, upright seating position. So far i've put on a drop handlebar. Shimano PD-A530 pedals. Use Mavic shoes with the Shimano SPD system. Ride in a Cycling, close fitting outfit. Etc.
I've only been cycling in such a sporting way for 4,5 months, so physically i think i can still improve a lot. I've just got it in my head i need (want) new wheels. I've really gotten the cycling bug and want to improve my speed every time i ride. Just cause it's fun.
Currently the bike is on the standard wheels. 42mm high rims, with 32 round spokes. Front is laced radially, rear is laced X3 on both sides.
On the internet there is a lot of debate, but also sound research that has been done on lightweight vs aero wheels. I myself like the idea of lighter weight. I've sone some weighing of my bike. As it stands it is 11.0 kg (24.2#) ready to ride. That includes 2 bottle cages, a purse with some tools and a spare tube.
The front wheel weighs 1260 gram (2.78#)
The rear wheels weighs 1400 gram (3.09#)
I've calculated that with Mavic Open Pro rims i couls loose some 300 grams (0.66#) PER WHEEL, laced to my standard hubs.
That would make a total weight loss of 600 grams (1.32#) for the set. Which to me sounds like a lot. It is 24% lighter on the front and 21.5% on the rear.
So finally my real question.
Should i keep my standard wheels with the 42mm high rim, (which are aero?)
Go for the rebuild wheels with the Mavic Open pro, loosing 600 grams (1.32#)
Keeping in mind my current average speeds and the hills i sometimes have to conquer, mostly riding solo.