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Old 01-03-14, 01:43 PM   #26
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but I wouldn't hesitate to buy a set from a dude like myself , -- a guy in his 40's who stretches his available riding time amongst 4 bikes, doesn't go very fast anymore, and cant even get to the track more than once every couple of months
I'm in my 50's, do 60 races a year, go sort of fast, and have a line out my door to buy my used stuff

I'm a marginal gains guy and am always chasing stuff for my road and track stuff. Plus I've moved a bunch over the last few years so it's meant switching teams/bikes/gear.

Fortunately I don't pay retail...
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Never, never, never pay retail...unless you want it really bad!
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Never, never, never pay retail...unless you want it really bad!
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Old 01-03-14, 06:46 PM   #29
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I am still following the thread. Right now, I get very little training time at the track, but I'm hoping to change that with the new season. For the last two years, 95% of my track time has been on race day. I'm content to work with my existing, slow Alex wheels, but continue to browse craigslist and other local sources for an upgrade. I was hoping to get a better understanding of what things I should stay away from while I browse.

Ideally, I'd have a Zipp disc and a selection of wheels for the front, but I simply don't have the scratch for it right now. I'm getting married later this year, so all my spare cash is going toward that and similar expenses.
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Ideally, I'd have a Zipp disc and a selection of wheels for the front, but I simply don't have the scratch for it right now. I'm getting married later this year, so all my spare cash is going toward that.
With the Internet today you could have gotten a much better deal on that mail order bride. Eastern Europe and the old USSR is overpriced IMHO. Look for conflict spots like the Sudan or Syria, or places that have had a lot of natural disasters. Or political dissidents; sometimes the government will cover the airfare.

Put in a Paypal claim, get your money back, and do some more shopping. And word, never ever use Bitcoin for something like this unless she's not of legal age yet, or as I call it, "playing the futures market"

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Old 01-04-14, 12:18 PM   #32
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Another point that doesn't come up with the elite and older crowd. Until you are losing/ winning races by less than a wheel, aero stuff isn't as important as work out and training equipment.
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That's part of why I'm not rushing to drop a bunch of money on gear right now. Although I've been on the podium, and can contest it, more often than not when I lose races, it's because of tactical mistakes on my part.
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Old 01-04-14, 01:51 PM   #34
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Just want to add that my experience has been in finding replacements for your older steel bikes so cheaper wheel sets has not been that hard...

What I have learned is the true importance of the use of high quality spokes - Especially with us big guys...
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I've always wondered - why are skin suits so much more aero than regular kits?
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Tighter fit, less seams, no pockets, long sleeves... I'm sure there is more.
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