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2014-10-03 7:57 AM

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Subject: New Bike? Wheels? Power Meter? Best way to spend $$
Hey!!

So I have a 2003 Cervelo P2K which I LOVE. I have had it fitted and the only item I didn't tweak was the aerobars as they were not adjustable forward/back so I'm out an 1" from an ideal position according to two fitters I've seen. It's comfortable and in good working condition.

I'm jumping back into the long-distance races next year and I'm wondering the best way to spend $$ - is it worth it to buy a new bike (since mine is now 11 years old) or just buy a power meter and/or race wheels for my current setup along with new bars so that it's adjustable for a better fit?

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2014-10-03 8:13 AM
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Subject: RE: New Bike? Wheels? Power Meter? Best way to spend $$

I would say power meter would be the best bang for the buck.  I would never stop someone from getting a new bike though.  I love shiny new things.

The other stuff is more aero related.  Jim Manton from ERO Sports has forgotten more about aerodynamics and bike fit than we will ever know.  His aero hierarchy is:

1. Position

2. Position

3. Position

4. Position

5. Position

6. Clothing

7. Helmet or wheels/tires

8. Helmet or wheels/tires

9. Clean front end (this could include aero bars, which may result in moving up this list quite dramatically depending on initial setup)

10. Hydration/Food setup

11. Frame

2014-10-03 9:42 AM
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Subject: RE: New Bike? Wheels? Power Meter? Best way to spend $$
Power meter is one of the best things I've spent money on. That's where I'd spend my coin. If I had a lot of coin, I'd buy a new bike and a power meter!!

But I would agree with get your position dialed in. If that means a new cockpit on your old bike them spring for a new cockpit. Or seat post, or whatever. But get efficient in your position first.
2014-10-03 9:44 AM
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I agree with GMAN on the power meter. It REALLY made me work harder/train smarter. And seeing my improvement in actual numbers really motivates me.

If you're comfortable on your bike with your fit, and you LOVE your bike, I'd keep it

2014-10-05 6:42 AM
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Subject: RE: New Bike? Wheels? Power Meter? Best way to spend $$
Your situation depends upon "many" variables including how much room do you have in your budget:

The current bike has how wide of a rear triangle? ie-can you fit a 10 speed cassette on the rear wheel? If not, then maybe upgrading to a newer bike "package" might make sense. What kind of shape is the current bike in? Does it need an overhaul or should it be put on the indoor trainer?

The aerobars are not adjustable? Do you mean a new stem is needed or so you have an one-piece stem/aerobar front setup? Stems are cheap and getting the front end where you want/needed is the first priority. As for race wheels, purchase a cover (wheelbuilders.com) for the rear wheel and the money saved will pay for several race entry fees. Look for a used front wheel for additional savings.

Many choices for powermeters but remember you need a head unit (Garmin?) to read what is being produced.

Good luck.
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