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Originally Posted by michaeldmanthey
Improvement - yes
Racing - if I did any
What improvements did you see? Where you able to ride stronger in a group ride? How about hills?
Climbing is great, group rides are more a slagging fest (the great british sense of humor
I got them because I wanted less pressure on my knees (old knee injuries) and could see that, clearly, using more muscles to pedal means, for me, more efficiency and less overall fatigue, i.e., burning quads. The other stuff that sold me was the marketing blurbs, the rehab stories and the fact that most people continue using them once they've got over the adaptation phase (requires a spine).
Demo them a few more times, talk to more people (there are a few racers with blogs) and, if you're still unsure, try and borrow some for a few weeks (during your first ride you'll want to return them immediately