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Love hurts(4 posts)

Love hurtsRavik
Jul 25, 2002 6:03 AM
So, at 47, I've fallen in lust with time trialing.
I have a Bianchi Campione with all original equipment (Mavik wheels, Campy groupo, etc) and like it OK, but
would like to upgrade it a bit. I've added aerobars.
Wheels next? What kind? How about an AFFORDABLE set?
AND, got any suggestions for TT training?
So far all I've gotten is "ride like you're TTing in your training." There's got to be something a little more structured.
Any suggestions?
Yes, wheels nextOffTheBack
Jul 25, 2002 8:02 AM
A good aero wheelset will improve your time more than any other piece of equipment (except maybe the aero bars, which you have). So, what do you mean by "affordable"? Also, how much do you weigh? Those two things will pretty much determine your wheelset options.

As far as training goes, check out some books on trialthlon training. You will want to do a lot of anaerobic-threshold training (heart monitor may help), but don't forget to also do some anaerobic power work like intervals or hill sprints. Good luck!
Yes, wheels nextRavik
Jul 25, 2002 8:37 AM
I'm down to a "svelte" 250 pounds (I'm 6'4" and have
been an aggressive weight lifter).
Affordable? Hmmm. I'm a freelance writer ...
OK, challenges on two fronts...OffTheBack
Jul 25, 2002 12:08 PM
There's a saying: light, strong, cheap - pick any two. In this context we could replace "light" with "aero", and we'd have the same issue. Something like the Mavic Ksyrium Elite might be a good choice, it has a low spoke count, bladed spokes, and should be strong enough, certainly if you save them for TT's.