Toyopet wrote:WarPuzzle wrote:.......EDIT: Also, I'm thinking of entering into the cycling club at the bottom of my street, so would it be worth it to get a bit more expensive shoes and pedals for more aero-dynamicness?
I reckon it's 'snake oil'.
Marginal Gains, if you're chasing them, can be found more easily and cheaply in areas other than shoes and pedals.
I disagree... but only slightly.... and only because I'm assuming you don't have any cycling shoes and need to buy some anyway.
You're going to get better value aero gains by wearing a cheap pair of shoe covers. HOWEVER, spending a few dollars extra MIGHT be good value in reducing rotating weight, depending on what price point you're looking at.
For example - Assuming you're spending the money on new shoes anyway, the price difference between a 300gram base model shoe and a 250gram mid range shoe is usually not a whole lot of $. While the price difference between a 250gram mid range shoe and a 225gram top end shoe, is usually fairly substantial.
On a dollar per gram basis and the incremental price difference, the mid-range shoe could present a pretty strong case. Also, given that this is rotating weight, it's also definitely better dollars-per-gram than spending the same coin upgrading a satic part (like say handlebars) you already have.
That said - for a noob, you're going to get FAR bigger gains by doing more races and working on your racecraft.