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Hi Guys,

Not been here for a while as I've been thoroughly disillusioned with training and with niggling injurues coming one after the other.

I have just come into a (very!) small amount of money, and, once the WATO has taken her slice, can afford to put about £200 towards an upgrade to my bike. I currently ride a 'fausto coppi' 7005 Aluminium framed road bike. http://www.discountbicycles.co.uk/jshopfiles/Fausto_Coppi_Road_Bikes.htm. I've upgraded the groupset from Sora to 105, but other than that it is as delivered. So, the question is this:

Where would my £200 be best spent? Options under consideration are either a set of carbon forks, or possibly a slightly better set of wheels.

I have a nagging concern that carbon forks are not the way to go as I'm over 15st (all muscle, obviously!) and I am wary of them being too flexible. Overall, I'm quite happy with the bike, and only do three or four events a year so can't justify full bling or the expense of a tri bike. This year I'm doing a sprint, an olympic, HIM UK and the Outlaw.

Any advice from you more experienced guys would be gratefully received - is there a no-brainer upgrade that would make a difference to ride quality and/or speed that I've overlooked?

Cheers peoples,



  • okennyokenny Posts: 231
    can you get carbon forks for 200 quid?

    I am 14.5 stone and have no hassles with the carbon forks on my bike....

    I'd be more wary of the wheels!

    what about go faster stripes?
  • okennyokenny Posts: 231
    what about some proper triathlon bike shoes? I just got some from Specialized with nice Look Keo Sprint pedals....they're so much better than my old ones.
    And, I can ride barefoot now!
  • nivaghnivagh Posts: 595
    If you haven't got clipless pedals and shoes, these are probably the best upgrade in terms of seconds per pound spent.
    After that, a set of clip - on tri bars.

    Go on ebay for both and you can still take the WAT Officer out for a curry with the change!
  • Perhaps £200 spent on a coach?

    or some pink accessories?
  • md6md6 Posts: 969
    Get the Red Look Keo Sprint pedals and red bar tape - guaranteed to make you a good 5 mins quicker over 20k! (at least that's what i hoped when i put that on my bike ) Then get an aero helmet, and if there's some change left over a pair of clip on tri bars...although thats a lot to get for £200
  • okennyokenny Posts: 231
    I wouldn't get the aero helmet before getting the tri-bars....you'd look fairly silly on a standard road bike without aero bars but with a full-on aero helmet!
  • shadowone1shadowone1 Posts: 1,408
    I would echo Scotty's comments. Put it towards coaching.

    That single bit of investment will get you on the road to becoming faster, then when you do that get a new bling bike!
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