barefoot wrote:A wise man once said "If you want to improve your cycling and have a grand to spend, the best upgrade you can buy is a week in Italy".
Granted, it was an Englishman speaking, so Italy was a bit more accessible, but the point remains: improving yourself will almost certainly give better results than improving your kit, and you'll enjoy the "upgrade" process more.
Spend your budget on some time off to go riding. Ride somewhere awesome. New wheels won't be new for long, but a week of hard "training" in a place you'd rather be... that will stay with you.
A better rider on a worse bike will still be faster than you...
I really gotta say I disagree with this common notion on here hey,
I can say right now I have a mate that's a better rider than me but if I put him on heavy alloy bike with stock wheels and me on a lightweight carbon frame with carbon clinchers I leave him in the dust....I have seen it happen first hand. I have been in the sporting landscape long enough to know good equipment does improve performance. might as well have wiggens riding up the swiss alps on a $30 kmart special otherwise... get real guys