Subject: RE: How much would you pay for +1mph/40K on the bike?
Originally posted by erik.norgaard I really can't answer this, spending on the bike is mostly irrational! There is little if any scientific data to support your need for whatever, and when there is, question remains how much that improvement translates to your performance. So you set your mind on upgrading your wheels because somebody on the 'net said it will give you another mph, but then you look at the different choices and your mind slowly accept the idea to spend a little extra because surely you don't want to upgrade again, ... but are those other wheels worth the $100 extra? do you get .1mph extra? Most of what we spend on the bike is spent because we feel we need something new every so often, or we just fall plain in love with that whatever. And then we try to rationalise and justify that we actually really need this thing. And D.Joe on the internet helpfully comes up with some fictitious fact that fits right there where our rational thinking got derailed. If you're not going to podium, you're really competing against yourself, and you win when you improve. Buying "free" speed only serves to cover up the fact that you didn't work as hard as you should have. But we do it again and again, for over more money to get that rush exceeding our targets and improving gives. Switch: I wouldn't set a target speed before I will grand myself permission to buy that whatever thing. If you've in your mind decided to spend the money, you might just as well get it now, the sooner, the more you'll enjoy it. If I should set a target, it would be to spend consistently a set amount of hours/week on the bike for say 6 months, or something similar, so when I get my new thingy I won't just collect dust. For example, I still ride a road bike, and I've decided not to buy a tri bike until I have done at least two HIMs and I know what I commit to.
Ahhh sweet rationalization. Lol.
I'm responding to you Erik, but also to Spudone.
I do NOT have unlimited income, and as this is my first year of tri, it has been a damn expensive year (we also have an overseas trip this winter, and a sizeable tax surprise, so I had to start drawing some limits somewhere). Maybe it doesn't make sense, but I definitely felt like I needed to do some more work on the machine before I started laying down more cash.
I also had no idea how I would do this season either or even if I would like it, so I kinda wanted to gauge that before spending more. I love it, and this season is going well, so maybe nice wheels and an aero helmet next season :)