My teammate has a 105 bike and he upgraded it at considerable-to-him expense to get an Ultegra bike, I think a few thousand dollars. He regretted it as it didn't make a huge difference in actual performance. At that point he was upgrading to a 3 I think. He got a pair of carbon tubular aero wheels ($500 from a "planet" company if you will, $700 with tires). He couldn't stop raving about them. The lower weight and better aero made an actual difference in performance.
I tell people with 105 bikes that they should invest in long-term, bike-transferrable stuff (wheels, saddle, pedals, maybe bars) and just wear out the wear stuff (drivetrain, especially chain/cassette). If I was starting over I'd get 105 or Force. I even did a post on my thoughts on bikes equipped with not-quite-top-line components.
It seems like you're taking an enthusiastic but sensible approach to the sport. That's great and I hope it's something that becomes a lifelong passion.
Generic track bike. I have no idea how it will ride.
Nice. Women's series at Today. There are a couple left.
Love it. I'd even keep the bar tape. Matches my kit.
If it were black with that bar tape it'd match my kit.
Cleave loves pint.
No pints for me right now since I'm gluten-free. :D
The first "pink" team was Coast Velo out of Huntington Beach, CA. We were pink and gray in something like 1982. I want a lot more pink on our new kits next year. It's easier to pick out teammates in races with pink. Fluo green is too popular in the SoCal peloton this year. A few years ago it was red and black. Pink is always unusual.
ooo sarals, pretty bike!
And when will we be breaking the champagne bottle on the head tube?
I have a pair of Neuvation rims on my Niner Bike and they've been good performers. I see John Neugent is back in business Alloy Wheels and building 1440gm alloy rims for $495. Does that sound reasonable?
I'm thinking of a cross bike. I need to break something in the off season, like on my body. I see where BD has Ti framed cross bikes on sale. I'm a little tempted. However, I still haven't ridden that suspect track bike.
Hang the track bike on your living room wall.
Nothing wrong with N+1 Sarals. :thumb:
But talking about track bikes... Although not back riding yet, I couldn't pass up on buying this unblemished BT Stealth to replace my written off 08 Fuji Track Pro.
Once built up I'll post another photo. :)