I am doing my first brevet series this year and I have some questions. I'll be doing a 200, 300, 400, 600 in NJ and a 1000 in PA. I plan to use my Surly LHT, that is built up as a touring rig. This is my only bike suitable for long rides. I have toured on it and done a number of centuries, loaded and unloaded.
Should I be worried about this rig being to slow for randonneuring? I am a little nervous about it because I have never done a timed event before, and I have never really paid too close attention to speed. That being said, in the organized rides I have done I have found myself to be a pretty fast rider. I am strong climber as well.
Would a lighter set of wheels make a noticeable difference? My current wheel set has LX hubs, salsa delgado rims and 30mm marathon racer tires. I was thinking of building up a lighter wheel set with open pro rims, and a lighter tire. Is this being silly, or will I actually notice a performance increase?
Would building up something like a soma smoothie be a big jump in performance? I am not really looking to build a new bike, but I would consider it. I would only be able to get a new frame in the $400 range, so no ti or carbon.
Sorry for the ramble, the first event is coming up and I want to be ready.
I'm not so concerned about the 200k and the 300k, but I don't want to make the 1000k harder for myself than it needs to be. Any advice from the vets would be greatly appreciated.