Let’s say you have $1500 to spend on getting faster on the bike this season. Here are my top “speed packages” that offer the best bang for your buck.
A New Bike
If your bike fits uncomfortably or you’re ready for a tri bike, ask your local shop if it has any leftover 2011 models. You may end up with a bike that originally cost more but now fits into your budget. Most purchases should come with a basic fit, a deal on accessories and free service after initial break-in. Choosing a road bike with clip-on aerobars is also a good way to get the most versatile machine possible with higher-end components.
Tip: While it is tempting to buy a used bike, it gets risky when it comes to fit or the condition of the components—and you aren’t likely to get much love from the seller if something goes wrong.